Mercy and Grace

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My daughter came to me after nap-time was over and said “Mommy I want a treat, but I’m not going to ask because I know I don’t deserve it. I didn’t take a nap.”  I couldn’t help myself. I then pulled out the treat bin and let her grab whatever she wanted.  There is something about God’s love that is shown towards us when we feel we least deserve it.  His grace is unmerited favor.  It is favor that is undeserved.  What frustrates many people is when they see God bless someone they feel least deserved it.  In their eyes the person wasn’t qualified enough, smart enough, saved enough, strong enough or good enough to receive the promotion, the position, or the blessing.  Within our own merit, we don’t deserve anything we receive from God, but because of Jesus, we have it all!  When you make a mistake, it can be difficult to ask God for anything.  You can feel as though you have no right to pray, but yet God teaches us differently.  He tells us to come to the throne of grace boldly that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  He didn’t just say that we are to do this if we have lived spotless lives.  We come by the authority of Jesus who has forgiven us and washed us clean.  Receive His mercy and grace today!

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16 NKJV)

Prayer:  Father, You are so gracious toward me.  Even when I mess up, You are there to show Your love and kindness toward me.  When I feel I deserve it least, You pour Your love on me.  This causes me to want to serve You more.  I come boldly to Your throne, and I receive your mercy and grace to help me today.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

A sincere thank you to our Daughters of the King Daily Devotional Writers.

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