Grace: The unmerited or undeserving favor of God to those who are under condemnation.
You, me, all of us have sinned against our Creator by our actions, words, and thoughts(Romans 3:23). The good news of the Gospel is that God shows us grace by providing us a way (Jesus) in order to be blameless before Him and therefore are freed from the punishment to come to all unrepentant sinners (judgment and hell). There is nothing we can do to earn this salvation ourselves.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Mercy: The Foundation of Salvation and the compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
As shown through the countless times the Israelites turned their backs on God and forsook Him for other idols and , when they finally turned back to Him, crying for help, God had mercy on them and didn’t destroy them but rather provided and cared for them.
Two good examples of mercy in today’s society:
A person knows they’ve had too many “adult beverages”, but still decides to get behind the wheel. Their car hits a tree, completely destroying the car, yet by God’s mercy the person is able to walk away with only a few scrapes and bruises.
A person commits a crime, for which the law allows for prison time, however God touches the judge’s heart, and the criminal is instead only ordered to do community service or pay a reasonable fine.
Thank You, Lord, for Your Grace and Mercy