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.