Grace and mercy. Two bedrocks of the Christian faith. Two important words describing God’s character. So, what exactly do these fundamental principles mean? Is there a significant difference between the two? Yes, indeed. Grace means getting what we don’t deserve. Mercy means being spared of what we do deserve. Think about not giving a child punishment when deserved - because of your love. That’s mercy. Then think about taking this child out for ice cream - because of your love. That’s grace. Grace is the act of receiving undeserved gifts from God. Like forgiveness. Favor. Even heaven itself. None of which we earned. All of which were provided by the blood of Jesus. A free gift. Conversely, mercy is the act of sparing. Meaning we don’t receive what we do deserve. Punishment. Payback. Retribution. Even hell itself. God is rich in both grace and mercy (Eph. 2:1-10). Both are enormously important characteristics of our good Father. Today, ponder God’s rich grace and mercy. When you do, you will fall in love with Jesus anew.