I reposted this last week on Facebook. I saw many of my friends repost it as well. This resonated with many. Why? Many reasons. It’s truth. It’s encouraging. It’s hopeful. It’s a reminder of what God has done for us. It puts us back into the right perspective in our mind.
Truth is something we don’t see much of these days. We are skeptical of most of what we read. Even things we read from friends on Facebook. I have made a decision that my Facebook posts are only inspiring or vulnerable. I may ask for prayer and put something I’m struggling with online. Or I post a reminder to have your “tea with God” time. Or a fun picture. I want my Facebook feed to be an encouragement to others and full of truth. I want to be one of the places people can feel uplifted.
As I ponder this reposting, I remember when I did a presentation at Bible Study where I talked about the difference between grace and mercy. I actually had my toddler son record a video explaining it. It was precious and proof that it’s a simple thing. However, receiving grace and/or mercy isn’t so simple for our human minds.
Grace is an undeserved gift. Some of us are wonderful at receiving gifts. Others feel guilty and like they owe you afterwards. I’m somewhere in the middle. The more generous the gift, the more I feel like I owe someone. When God gave us grace, the gift of salvation through His son, Jesus’, death and resurrection, we could never repay that. Never. We didn’t deserve it. We can’t pay it back. We can only receive it. We can pay it forward and tell others about it. Next time you receive an undeserved gift, receive it fully. That is grace.
Mercy is no punishment when we deserve one. This one I am much better at receiving. I remember coming home at 2 am in high school after being out dancing at Knott’s Berry Farm. This was pre-cell phones. My mom was so mad. I was grounded forever. The next morning her anger and fear had subsided and I had no punishment. I deserved to be punished. I broke curfew (in my defense my friend’s car wouldn’t start.) Whew! I got mercy. Honestly, my biggest issue with mercy is when someone who wrongs me doesn’t get punishment. I’m OK when I’m absolved for a wrong I’ve done but NOT OK when someone else gets away with it.
I hope you can grow to be a receiver of grace and grateful when mercy is extended.
Dream Big! Pray Big!
P.S. Sorry for my 2 weeks of silence. I had 2 teaching events for work where I literally worked 12 am – 8 am. It wiped me out. I’m back to a more normal schedule. Missed you and my blog.