The Godly Gifts of Grace and Mercy

People would welcome a little more kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, compassion, forgiveness, patience and self control in their lives, don’t you think?

Kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, compassion, forgiveness, patience and self control are graces and mercies that grow in us over time as we learn to love more like God loves us.

They are attributes the world could stand to see more of in each of us as we go about our daily lives. The world might be a bit different for the better if we put this things into greater practice, I believe. Do you agree?

Rainer Bantau
The Devotional Guy™

Many of these godly gifts of grace and mercy are recorded by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Galatians.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 (English Standard Version)

Each of us wake up with the power to influence someone else’s day, unless of course we are hermits living enclosed in walls of isolation. But, the great lot of us live unencumbered by borders and boundaries that separate us from all of society. No, we live in the playground, playing in the sandbox, surrounded by others. So, we have impact. We can make someone’s day different for knowing us today.

How then will you respond?

Digging this post? You might also like reading one of my previous posts: More of Him. Less of me.

May the Lord, our God, grant you the peace to accept the things you are unable to change, provide you with the courage to change the things you can, and the wisdom to know the difference, as you live one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; taking this world as it is and not as you wish it might be. (Serenity Prayer, Reinhold Niebuhr)


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  1. Lydia says:

    Thank you for this article 😭✨❤️ I agree, We could all use a little more Grace and Mercy and the gift of self control.

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  2. We are all “playing in the same sandbox.” This is a great word picture, brother! The fruit of the Spirit is the perfect place to start improving our sand box manners. I love your version of the serenity prayer. Too much of my life is spent spinning my wheels over things that may or may not happen. It’s an unhealthy fear of the future, together with regret from the past, that keeps us from living fully in the present. God’s best to you and Sweet T.

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  3. Father God,

    May I put more good into the world than I take.

    May I put less negativity in the world than is put upon me.

    May all I do reflect You!


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  4. Totally agree and I have been working on keeping my mouth shut when it comes to my opinions with certain people. Believe me, that’s a tough one for me. Should be added to this list.

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  5. Amen. Thank you for your honesty. I think many of us share that problem. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. Blessings.


  6. Hallelujah! May this be a prayer that is due for all of us. Thanks for this beautiful comment. Blessings.

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  7. Thanks David. I pray that my “re-imagining” the Serenity Prayer serves readers well. I find making it more personal helps me keep rightly focused. I am glad my wordsmith-ing touched you in a positive way. I appreciate you continuing to read my blog faithfully. Blessings.


  8. You are welcome Lydia! Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. Blessings.


  9. Thank you Rainer. Apostle Paul encourages each of us to live within and share the fruits of the Spirit. Every day makes a difference in God’s kingdom. Blessings to you and T.

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  10. Amen. Thank you 🙏

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  11. Priti says:

    Beautiful article I think faithfulness, forgiveness , self control are necessary in our life well shared thanks 😊👍👍

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  12. Thank you for your comment, Priti. I love the image of “our life well shared.”


  13. Priti says:

    It’s pleasure of mine 💖 stay blessed 🤗

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