Justice vs. Mercy vs. Grace

I have spent much of my adult life wondering how God is just and yet is merciful. And what’s the difference in mercy and grace? I heard a pastor give such a simple explanation the other day that it all became pretty clear. I hope it helps you, too.

He said, “Justice is getting what we deserve. Mercy is not getting what we deserve. Grace is getting what we don’t deserve.”

Read that statement as many times as you need to in order to let it sink in. Be blessed!

PS: I so, so wish I could remember which pastor it was that gave that explanation, but for the life of me I can’t remember. It was one of those statements that didn’t really hit me at first, but I really got it later on. By then I couldn’t remember who it was that had said it. I know it was a pastor on TV in B’ham on Sunday morning, but that’s as far as my credit-giving can go.

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