Defining Grace and Mercy

In my experience, many people get confused when you ask them to explain the difference between Grace and Mercy.  They are absolutely related to each other, but they aren’t the same.

Grace: Receiving what you don’t deserve.
Mercy: Not receiving what you deserve.

When the Bible says that God gives us grace, it points to God’s provision for forgiveness through Jesus Christ, because we have received something (forgiveness, atonement, reconciliation, etc.).  When we receive mercy from God, it’s because something (judgment, punishment, discipline, etc.) is being withheld from us, even though God would be completely just to send it.

What are some ways you have experienced God’s grace?
What are some ways you have experienced God’s mercy?

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