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Difference Between Grace and Mercy

grace vs mercy

Grace and mercy are words that are generally used with regard to our prayers. People use these two words invariably during their prayers. But for most people, the two words are used as synonyms and they are often used interchangeably.

Let us look at the definition of grace and mercy separately. The dictionary defines mercy as compassion towards an offender and forbearance to a subject. It can also be defined as showing kindness to someone. Mercy, as the dictionary defines it as a blessing for an act of divine favour. It is also defined as compassion to victims.
The dictionary defines grace as a generosity shown to man by God. Grace is usually related to God’s mercy. It is also defined as a prayer seeking blessing or a disposition to favour, kindness and clemency.
Grace is often considered to be a blanket mercy that is used for forgiving all sin. Some people believe that grace gives them consent to disobey the Law of God. This is because they feel that as grace abounds, the sin they commit will abound without any penalty. So this means that mercy gives forgiveness for the sins committed.

In the Old Testament, Grace is taken from the Hebrew word cheyn, which means favour. In the New Testament, it has been derived from the Greek word charis, which means gift or generosity. Mercy in the Old Testament it is derived from the Hebrew word chesed and in the New Testament, the word comes from the Greek words eleos and oiktirmos.

Summary

1. Grace and Mercy are two words used as synonyms and they are often used interchangeably.
2. The dictionary defines mercy as compassion towards an offender and forbearance to a subject. It can also be defined as showing kindness to someone.
3. The dictionary defines grace as a generosity shown to man by God. Grace is usually related to God’s mercy. It is also defined as a prayer seeking blessing or a disposition to favour, kindness and clemency.
4. Some people believe that grace gives them consent to disobey the Law of God. This is because they feel that as grace abounds, the sin they commit will abound without any penalty.
5. Mercy gives forgiveness for the sins committed.
6. In the Old Testament, Grace is taken from the Hebrew word cheyn, which means favour. In the New Testament, it is derived from the Greek word charis, which means gift or generosity.
7. Mercy in the Old Testament is derived from the Hebrew word chesed and in the New Testament, the word comes from the Greek words eleos and oiktirmos.


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