OUR LORD WHO IS GRACIOUS TO US
Psalm 145 verse 8 clearly speaks of the gracious nature of God that is alongside His merciful nature. The verse goes like this;
The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
Graciousness is an allowance or provision of margins by which a new or struggling believer can operate within and still find favour with God.
Joel 2 verse 13 also links graciousness with mercy and frames graciousness as the allowance of some latitude that we, as children of God, have within which we can grow in Him confident in His steadfast love for us.
And rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.
The apostle Paul, in Romans 5 verses 20-21 writes of the direct relation between sin and grace whereby as sin increases, grace also increases because grace takes over the jurisdiction in believer's lives that sin once controlled under the rules of death. Grace then gains controlling interest in the lives of the redeemed who can then be lead to eternal life via righteousness. The passage says it this way:
Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The prophet Isaiah tells us in Isaiah 30 verse 18, that the Lord waits to be gracious to us which He is able to do when He extends His mercy to we who wait for Him. The passage says it this way;
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.
How awesome is our God who gives abundant grace to us.
Bless His holy name.