Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord
(2 Timothy 1:2)
Meet the sisters of peace: Grace and Mercy. The first is the ability to give to others that which they do not deserve; the second is the ability to withhold from others that reproof which they do deserve. When these qualities are interwoven in our living, the end result will be peace.
God is the only one who has the absolute control of grace and mercy because they are inherent in His character. In fact, these two gems are beyond our human capabilities. If we are to be equipped to demonstrate exclusively God-like characteristics, then we must be endowed by God.
Scripture says God gives more grace to the humble (John 4:6), and that mercy can be obtained through prayer. (Heb. 4:16) So then, by reverently seeking the Lord in prayer we can acquire grace and mercy to help us in our time of need. In turn, we will be able to show grace and mercy unto others. Always on the heels of the first two sisters is the third sister-Peace.