Understanding Mercy Grace and Help
In our last articles we looked at understanding the trinity and the incarnation.
With that as a foundation this week we want to look at understanding mercy, grace and help.
Help is the strength the Holy Spirit gives to enable us start to do the will of God. Especially when there is a resistance, or reluctance or spiritual inertia to do the will of God because of the weakness of the flesh. This is particularly true in the area of prayer in the spirit. This why the Holy Spirit has been sent to stand alongside with us to help us to pray.
Romans 8:26(NIV): In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
Grace is the favour the Lord Jesus gives us that releases eternal life which gives us the strength and ability to continue to do the will of God that the Holy Spirit gives us help to start.
Psalms 30:5(KJV): For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
2 Corinthians 12:9(KJV): And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Mercy is the compassion the Father shows us, that releases eternal life, which gives us the strength and ability to finish the will of God, that the Holy Spirit helps us to start, and the Lord Jesus gives us the grace to continue.
Romans 9:16(KJV): So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Ecclesiastes 9:11(KJV): I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
So to start, continue and finish the will of God perfectly we need to develop fellowship with each person of the Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit to obtain the fullness of the Help of the Holy Spirit, the grace of the Lord Jesus and the mercy of the Father.
This is actually what we are trying to release each time we say, what we call, the grace, or the benediction:
2 Corinthians 13:14: May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.