During our Wednesday evening study on forgiveness, we have reflected on the overflowing and abundant love of God for us and the good news that we get to live in God’s grace rather than facing justice and what we truly deserve. Reflecting on this distinction between mercy and justice reminded me of a story told by Tony Campolo. Campolo recalls teaching a small group of junior high students about the difference between grace, mercy, and justice.
One boy, with a smile on his face and a glint in his eye, answered by saying, “If a cop pulls you over for speeding and gives you a ticket, that’s justice. If a cop pulls you offer for speeding and gives you a warning, that’s mercy. But if a cop pulls you over for speeding and gives you a Krispy Kreme donut, that’s grace.”
In reflecting on this insight, Campolo reminds us that grace is the unexpected good news that instead of giving us the punishment we deserve, God through Jesus offers us undeserved and unparalleled blessings. The longer I am a Christian, I become increasingly amazed by the grace God makes available. What a gift we are offered by God, and as we continue our Lenten journey toward the cross, let us give thanks for the grace offered to us and recognize how undeserved God’s love truly is.
I’m glad to be on this journey with you,