020215 – Grace, Mercy… And “A Break”

The following discussion on Grace and Mercy comes from the website of FaithGateway.

Bible Verses about Grace

Any discussion of the word grace must begin and end with a clear search of Bible verses about grace to learn what God’s word reveals to us. As we search we discover that the word grace was used to describe Jesus but the word was never spoken by Jesus. Any search of Bible verses about grace, could also be called Bible verses about Jesus.

Grace was used in the early portions of the gospels to describe Jesus. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. — John 1:14 (NIV). Luke adds, “And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.” — Luke 2:40 (NIV). The word was also used as a descriptor of the two different covenants in John 1. Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. —John 1:16 (NIV).

As a concept, Grace became prominent, beginning in Acts 4, and was used continuously through the last verse in the book of Revelation. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen, Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen. —Revelation 22:20-21 (NIV).

Bible Verses about Mercy

The Mercy Prayer in the Psalms

Their theologians first recognized our tendency to pray for God’s mercy. They were the ones to remark on how common it was for the people of God to cry out to Him for mercy in the Psalms:

Answer me when I call to You,
O my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
be merciful to me and hear my prayer.
– Psalm 4:1

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint;
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony.
– Psalm 6:2

O Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!
Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death.
– Psalm 9:13

Hear my cry for mercy
as I call to You for help,
as I lift up my hands toward Your Most Holy Place.
– Psalm 28:2

To You, O Lord, I called;
to the Lord I cried for mercy.
– Psalm 30:8

The following discussion relates to another word that relates to something that is also intangible. We can’t see grace, and we can’t see mercy, but we can see the effects that relate to one’s giving each (grace and mercy) to someone else. Grace can be best described as receiving something that we don’t deserve to receive. Mercy can be said to be, not receiving something that “you do deserve” to receive. That can relate to a twenty-year jail sentence being shortened to ten years. In that example, a judge may have decided that even though you were sentenced to twenty years in jail, you were being given a ten-year reduction in sentencing. In essence,” you didn’t get all that you deserved.” God has given grace to people, all of us, who don’t deserve grace. It is due to this “unmerited favor” that all of mankind is offered to receive the gift of eternal life with God . God has also offered mercy to people, all of us, who don’t deserve mercy. It is due to the mercy of God, that we, who don’t deserve mercy, may be spared from the penalty of spending eternal life in hell, being forever separated from God.

Another word must be allowed to enter this arena of ideas. That word is “break,” or better said, “give’m a break.” Many people find themselves in life’s situations of which was the result of no right or wrong doing. They’re just there! I would like for you to think how you might “give a break” to the following women of the Bible. I’m not going to provide any Bible scriptures for a starting point; I’m going to leave that up to you. Please consider everything that entered into the situation of each example. Then, write me back with your thoughts on how you should, “give’m a break!”

Eve

Sarah

Mrs. Noah

Mrs. Job

All of the Israelite women

This last example consists of those who were fleeing the pursuing Egyptians, and found themselves up against a sea that seemed to be impassable. Consider that, among the many Israelites, there were infants, young children and elderly Israelites. Some of the Israelites may have been disabled, but not having the assistance of wheel chairs or Walmart store scooters, to make their travel easier. Remember, also, there was no paved roads for the Israelites to walk on, to make their flight from perceived death easier.

Consider the following video, as it relates to all Jews. They don’t behead their enemies, or other innocent people. They don’t send homicide bombers into a crowd of unsuspecting people. They are occupying the land that God promised them to inhabit. They are God’s chosen people (Deuteronomy 7:6). So, please! “Give the Jews a break!”

Shalom Jerusalem
Paul Wilbur

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