Mercy and Grace

Mercy & Grace – What’s the difference?

In a nutshell:
Mercy (Gk eleos) is an emotion, a feeling of sympathy and compassion for someone unfortunate, which results in action in relieving their misery.

Grace (Gk charis) is a state of kindness and pleasant nature, which results in kind and pleasant acts towards others.

Merciful acts spring from a feeling of sympathy within.

Gracious acts spring from a gracious nature.

God’s mercy springs from his observance of our plight and his compassionate reaction.

His grace springs from his own nature as a gracious God.

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