Dear God, open a door for my message, so that I may proclaim the mystery of Christ. I pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Colossians 4:3-4


Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You. ~ Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You. ~ Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You.
Psalm 19:14, May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Mercy and Grace of God

God is the source of mercy and grace. Mercy is offered to all mankind and the all other living creations. God’s goodness is His benignity or bounty, by which He gives liberally to His creatures as creatures. Mercy is God withholding judgment or evil that we deserve. Mercy is the compassionate treatment of a person greater than what is deserved, and it is made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. God is merciful to even the worst offenders and sinners. God’s goodness is His mercy, which denotes the ready inclination of God to relieve the misery of fallen creatures. Thus, “mercy” presupposes sin. He is not sometimes merciful and sometimes judgmental. God is patient with us and always merciful. Mercy is shown because He loves us and only asks that we accept and trust His Son by faith.It is God who is merciful, who provides healing, forgiveness, redemption, crowns us, and satisfies us. God knows us in a way that we do not even know ourselves. And all things about us are naked and open unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to deal. Only in the mercy of God can we find comfort and relieve for our pain, and peace for our troubled hearts.

"Because the Lord your God is a merciful God, 
he will neither abandon you nor destroy you; 
he will not forget the covenant with your ancestors 
that he swore to them."
Deuteronomy 4:31

"But God, who is rich in mercy, 
out of the great love with which he loved us"
Ephesians 2:4

"he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness 
that we had done, but according to his mercy, 
through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit."
Titus 3:5

"Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
and passing over the transgression
of the remnant of your possession?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in showing clemency."
Micah 7:18

"Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
our God is merciful."
Psalm 116:5

"Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, 
the faithful God who maintains covenant loyalty 
with those who love him and keep his commandments, 
to a thousand generations"
Deuteronomy 7:9

"If we confess our sins, 
he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins 
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
1 John 1:9

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
Psalm 136

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort"
2 Corinthians 1:3

Praise God with all of your heart because of how great His mercy is to you and to me. every time we go to Mass and say, “Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy,” we know that the God who is relieving us of a heart of misery is also empowering us by his Holy Spirit to go and do the same for others. 

"Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."
Luke 6:36

Grace is God giving us blessing or good that we do not deserve.

"Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, 
so that we may receive mercy 
and find grace to help in time of need." 
Hebrews 4:16

"And the Word became flesh and lived among us, 
and we have seen his glory, 
the glory as of a father’s only son, 
full of grace and truth."
John 1:14

God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense

Grace means God’s unfathomable love in action towards men who merited the opposite of love, the unmerited or undeserving favor of God to those who are guilty of sin and ungodliness in the eye of God. Grace is the the merciful kindness and unconditional love of God for us, that God by His Divine grace gave to humanity by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to be cruxified and to die on the cross, thus securing man's eternal salvation from sin. By this grace that moves God to offer us the gift of salvation and forgiveness. God’s grace is does not cost anything to us, but not to God. It cost him much. 

"the righteousness of God through faith 
in Jesus Christ for all who believe. 
For there is no distinction, since all have sinned 
and fall short of the glory of God; 
they are now justified by his grace as a gift, 
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus"
Romans 3:22-24

"For sin will have no dominion over you, 
since you are not under law but under grace."
Romans 6:14

"so that in the ages to come 
he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace 
in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, 
and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God"
Ephesians 2:7-8

"But by the grace of God I am what I am, 
and his grace toward me has not been in vain. 
On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them
—though it was not I, 
but the grace of God that is with me."
1 Corinthians 15:10

"but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, 
for power is made perfect in weakness.” 
So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, 
so that the power of Christ may dwell in me."
2 Corinthians 12:9

Nothing we can do can increase God’s grace toward us, for us, on our behalf as it is all in God's favor and in His mighty hands, and is provided by God Himself. Sanctification is not a process of meriting more of God's favor but of adjusting our lives to allow God's transforming power to flow more freely. The road may be long and dreary, the days may be filled with difficulties and struggles, but rest assured that there will be grace sufficient for every need and ever trial, and this is the promise of God and the hope of the saints.

For the grace of God has appeared, 
bringing salvation to all, 
training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, 
and in the present age to live lives 
that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, 
while we wait for the blessed hope 
and the manifestation of the glory 
of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 
He it is who gave himself for us 
that he might redeem us from all iniquity 
and purify for himself a people 
of his own who are zealous for good deeds.
Titus 2:11-14

God’s grace saves us and then it instructs, trains and motivates us to be godly people in this present age, zealous for good deeds, as we look forward and wait for the coming of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us.

"keeping steadfast love for thousands, 
forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, 
but who will by no means clear the guilty, 
visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children 
and the children's children, 
to the third and the fourth generation.”
Exodus 34:7

God is a God of justice as well as mercy, and He has expressly declared that He will “by no means clear the guilty”

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