Grace and Mercy in John 3:16

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This one verse explains God’s great grace and mercy to us in one complete package. Grace is, “getting what we do not deserve” whereas Mercy is, “not getting what we do deserve.”

Grace is when you owe someone money today but are given an extension to pay your debt. That’s a “grace period.” You don’t deserve it  but out of the kindness of your friend, you receive it.

Mercy is when you are convicted of breaking the law but the judge doesn’t throw the book at you. You deserve the maximum, but he extends leniency.

Jesus Christ was given because we are convicted of sin – and the penalty will be us, or Christ. We are not off the hook. God’s love doesn’t ignore our sin. But God provides the way out. Christ does it all, our job in salvation is to believe… to change our way, and believe. And then the Lord extends mercy (we shall not perish) and grace (but have eternal life).

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