Tuesday, January 23, 2007


The word grace goes well with the word mercy. Mercy, according to the Bible dictionary, means "forbearance from inflicting punishment upon a law breaker."

An acronym of grace is God's Riches At Christ's Expense. Grace means "unmerited favor" and is often used to express the concept of kindness bestowed upon someone undeserving.

The relationship between law and grace is one of the major themes of the Apostle Paul's writings in the New Testament.

Why am I talking about grace and mercy?

You tell me.


At 12:05 PM, Blogger Patricia W. said...

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At 12:06 PM, Blogger Patricia W. said...

I'm betting there's a great Milton story here but since everything links back to marriage, let me take a stab at the lesson:

Mercy, that is forbearance from punishment is what we should practice in our marriage. Rather, we should shower our spouses with love and affection, and even grace, unmerited favor, despite whatever wrongs we perceive or pain we feel. If both spouses did this, eventually, I suspect, we'd feel less pain--choosing not to be offended quite so often--and have less desire to inflict punishment--remembering all the times when we were forgiven.

Technically, only God has grace to give but you get the idea. Less offense and less punishment. More forgiving, more appreciation, more humility.

Something like that?

At 3:37 PM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Good comments, Patricia. Yes, we need to show mercy and grace. If more couples would do this, how much better their marriages would be. Thanks for commenting.

At 10:54 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

My take is much simpler:

Grace is getting what I don't deserve.

Mercy is not getting what I deserve.

Justice is getting what I deserve.

At 11:27 PM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Good thoughts, Ane.


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