Many years ago, when I was about 12 years old, I was apart of something that I am ashamed of. Myself and my 2 best friends wrote a little nasty note to a girl who was always nasty to us. We didn’t like her, we didn’t like her attitude, we didn’t like her personality and we didn’t like her appearance.

Growing up I was always taught to be nice to others, to not judge a book by its cover and to never bully anyone. I stuck by my values almost all my primary school years until this one day…I rationalized that it was ok to participate in writing this nasty note to this girl because my friends were doing it too.

Upon handing over this note to this young little lady, we all 3 gave a giggle and ran off. A few minutes later my most favourite teacher in the whole wide world came and found us and called us to his classroom. He first asked us why we had done what we done and he explained the consequences off our actions and then he called the young lady in and made us apologize. After the whole debacle had ended he called me aside and told me even though I didn’t deserve it he wasn’t angry with me, he was just disappointed and he hoped I learnt a lesson from this whole situation. I was extremely ashamed and I expected my relationship with my favourite teacher to be tarnished.

Then something strange happened, I went to his class like normal for the next subject, he greeted me like normal, smiled at me like normal, it was like the whole nasty letter thing had never happened. He treated me exactly as he had treated me prior to that whole incident and I think it was that day that I learnt what grace and mercy was.

Grace, mercy and salvation really do go hand in hand. I mean we are all undeserving of God’s love and He still sent Jesus to die for us!

We all mess up on a daily basis, but God sees our heart and has mercy on us…thankfully!

According to Britannica.com the word grace, in Christian theology means, the spontaneous, unmerited gift of the divine favour in the salvation of sinners, and the divine influence operating in individuals for their regeneration and sanctification.

Compassion.com explains that
Mercy appears in the Bible as it relates to forgiveness or withholding punishment. For example, God the Father showed mercy on us when he sacrificed His son, Christ Jesus, on the Cross to pay the price for our sins.

And according to our Bible, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—”
Ephesians 2:8 NIV

Undeserving, unmerited and unconditional love!

I can now see, through experiences in my own life, how Jesus has always been there guiding me and getting me out of things I deserved, from when I was a young child up to this day. Even though I don’t deserve it, He is always there showing grace, mercy and love!

How exceptionally blessed are we that for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Romans 10:13 NIV

Prayer

Heavenly Father
Thank you that even though I am undeserving of Your love, mercy and grace, that You still give it to me. Help me to be conscious of my thoughts and actions that I may live life knowing that I have brought honour and glory to Your name. Help me to be a light to those around me and please send lights my way when I am surrounded by darkness. Thank You for the gift of salvation, may I never take Your sacrifice for granted, may I carry it with me every single day and let it help me with how I live my life.

I pray this in Your mighty and powerful name.
Amen