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Mercy: Some practical theology here

Last night at Light Force small groups we talked about the difference between mercy and grace.

Grace = Getting something you don’t deserve.

Mercy = Not getting something you deserve.

I could see the students wrestling with this. Here are students completely covered in both. They have parents who bathe them in both on a daily basis. Yet they don’t see it. I think it goes back, for them, to a fundamental misunderstanding of what “deserve” means. They think that they deserve mercy and grace.

I left thinking that most of the students expect to deserve grace and mercy. (By their birth they feel they have merited favor with others and even God) And I wondered how I could communicate that they don’t deserve to deserve grace and mercy better?

What are some practical areas of grace and mercy the students in your life experience but fail to acknowledge?