Mercy and Grace | Day Eight

By: Kate Downing | Grace That Saves

“Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I am found, was blind but now I see.”                                                                                                  

-- “Amazing Grace,” John Newton

This song is one of the most famous and widely known songs in the world. It is probably a song you are familiar with. But, have you ever paid close attention to the words? Have you ever heard the word “grace” and thought “Oh, what a sweet sound!”?  Have you heard the word “grace” and immediately felt grateful for salvation? 

We talked about salvation last Wednesday. Salvation is the one-time decision you make to admit that you are a sinner in need of forgiveness, believe that Jesus died on a cross to pay for your sins and rose to life again, and confess with your words that Jesus is savior of your life. 

Today, we are going to look at the role grace plays in your salvation and why it is such a sweet word. 

Spend a few minutes asking the Lord to quiet your heart and mind. Ask Him to speak to you through His Word and let Him know you are listening! 

Read Ephesians 2:4-10 and circle each time the words “mercy” or “grace” are used.


Let’s quickly review the definitions of mercy and grace.


Mercy – God NOT giving us what we deserve

Grace – God giving us what we DO NOT deserve


These are characteristics of who God is and they are what He displays to us. We’ve spent the last week focusing on mercy, and starting today, we are going to be focusing on grace. 

Read verse 4 again but this time out loud. 

The end of this verse says that God made us alive again. This means that through Christ we are given new life at the moment of salvation. This is INCREDIBLE!

Look at verse 4 again and fill in these blanks:


“Because of His __________________ __________________ for us, God, who is _______________ in _______________....”


Because of God’s love and because He is rich in mercy (the character of not giving us what we deserve which is death), God offers us salvation. 

Now, let’s look at how we receive this salvation. Read verse 8-9 out loud. 

How are we saved (vs. 8)?

By _________________

Through ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­________________

What does NOT save us (vs. 9)?


Our good works can never bring us to salvation because even our best works are nothing in comparison to the holiness and perfection of God. There is no way you or I could have ever been good enough to earn God’s love, affection, or salvation. Isaiah 64:6 says “…[A]ll our righteous acts are like filthy rags…” 

Can you imagine trying your whole life to live perfectly, doing everything you could to say, do, and even think the right things all for the hope of one day pleasing God? And, yet, at the end of your life, turning around and seeing that despite all you did, it wasn’t enough. What words would describe how you might feel? 

Truthfully, this is exactly our lives without the grace of God! It is by placing our faith in God’s grace that we can be saved! Our good works will never be enough, but God’s grace is! It is His grace that gives us what we do not deserve…salvation! This is why the word “grace” should hold such a sweet and precious meaning in our lives. It is the character of God and the reason for our hope! 

Take a minute to write down some of the ways God has demonstrated grace to you. 


Now thank Him for giving you grace, His undeserved favor, in these areas.


“Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.  I once was lost, but now I am found, was blind but now I see.”                  

- “Amazing Grace,” John Newton