Grace, mercy, kindness and love are all intertwined and interrelated. These four qualities of God's nature allow us to receive forgiveness, salvation and righteousness in God's sight. Together with peace, these things represent the very heart of God and define the phrase God is love . God's love is manifested in and through His grace, mercy, kindness, peace etc. Taking it a step further, things such as patience, longsuffering, gentleness etc define God's grace, mercy, kindness, peace and love in manifestation.
It is very important to understand that the grace, mercy, kindness, peace and love of God form a package that when put together allow God to totally forgive us, justify us (acquit us from our sins) and declare us righteous in His sight. It took more than just The Law to do these things because no man was capable of doing the whole law (except for our Savior Jesus Christ). Even after Jesus fulfilled all the law and legally paid the price for our salvation, it takes the grace, mercy, kindness and love of God to appropriate that salvation to us.
We were dead in our sins and alienated from God in our hearts and minds. We were, in fact, enemies of God through our rejection of Him and His Word. From this state of spiritual death, God made us alive and raised us up to sit together with Him in the heavenly places. Of course it took great power for God to do this, but it also took great LOVE, GRACE and MERCY for God to forgive and forget who we were and what we had done.
Far too often we tend to forget or downplay what it took on God's part to rescue us from being dead in our sins. Not only did God have to do things legally, He had to do what He did from the love in His heart. Peter says that love covers a multitude of sins and that applies to the love God has for us as well as the love we have for each other. Without God's love, manifested in His grace and mercy, we would still be dead in our sins, without hope and doomed as we go through the motions of living in this world.
The grace, mercy and love of God cover our sins, cleanse us from our sins and lift us up far above this world. Grace, mercy and love rescue us from ourselves and release us from the grasp of the enemy. Grace, mercy and love lift us up and give us the hope that one day soon, we will not just be together in the heavenly places with God but we will see Him face to face and be with Him forever.
We can never underestimate or talk too much about the grace, mercy, kindness, peace and love of God. These elements of God's nature define and describe who God is, what He has done and what His will is for His children.
[quote]We can never underestimate or talk too much about the grace, mercy, kindness, peace and love of God. [/quote] I agree. The problem is, so often we have. We confuse the nature of God with human nature. We either want to talk exclusively about God as a God of love, grace and mercy or we want to talk exclusively about God as our judge. He is both and therein lies our problem when we attempt to place God within human parameters. We do see this in action from time to time in the form of the loving parent who extends forgiveness, mercy and grace towards their child even as they must also administer some form of punishment or discipline. Another example is of a judge who after carefully observing the prisoner, will sometimes determine a lesser or different type of sentence. However, the only reason we see this is because despite the fall, we are made in the image of God and sometimes we catch a glimpse of what we are supposed to look like if we had not been marred by sin.
God is loving, merciful and full of grace but at the same time, He is our judge. God is our judge yet at the same time God is loving, merciful and full of grace. Being the one does not negate the other. Sigh... why do so many people have trouble understanding that?