Distinguishing Grace from Mercy – Teaching by Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa

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Some few years back, I came across an audio teaching by Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa of United Family International Church (UFIC) in Zimbabwe.


It was a deep teaching in which he was trying to distinguish between Mercy (tsitsi) and Grace (nyasha). He gave a profound example, which I will endeavour to paraphrase below in my quest to bring a clear distinction between these two terms.

Tapiwa Zuze

Exemplifying Mercy (Tsitsi):
You steal someone's $1000, get caught and sentenced to serve an effective two year jail term. One day, after serving just two months of the sentence, the plaintiff shows up see you in jail. “But why did you steal my money?” he calmly asks you. Then you fearfully answer him back and say, “I was out of employment at that time. My family had gone for three days without eating anything. I became so desperate to save my family, though I did it in a wrong way. I’m sorry for what I did”.

Upon hearing this the plaintiff says, “I forgive you, but please don't do it again next time”. After this you hear the plaintiff negotiating with the prison authorities to set you free. You get so much overwhelmed with emotions and repeatedly kneel down to thank the plaintiff.

That is what we call Mercy (Tsitsi). The plaintiff felt pity for you because of your desperate situation. He then forgave you and made a decision to free you from the prison walls.

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Exemplifying Grace (Nyasha):
Suppose you steal $1000 and gets locked up in jail serving a two year sentence. The plaintiff shows up after you have served just one week of the sentence. “Why did you steal my money?” he calmly asks you. You fearfully answer him and say, “I was out of employment at that time. My family had gone for three days without eating anything. I became so desperate to save my family, though I did it in wrong way. I’m sorry for sir”.

After hearing your story the plaintiff kindly asks the prison authorities to free you. “I have forgiven him and please set him free. I want to go with him”. As you try to thank the plaintiff, he just smiles and takes you to his Mercedes Benz and drive to pick your family at home.

As you arrive at the plaintiff’s homestead, you are received with joy and jubilation. This surprises you. As you are still wondering what’s happening, you begin to be served delicious meals by the chef.

While eating on the table, the plaintiff says to you; “Me and my family have decided to give you $5000 so that you can start your own business to support the family. In this small box there are keys to a Mazda B2200 truck parked outside. This is your car to use in your business travels”. The plaintiff takes a small breathe as he watches you cry and jubilate at the same time. "In this small envelope is a Bon Marche Supermarket shopping voucher worth $2000. You will use this to buy groceries for your family to start with. That other small box there contains five Holy Bibles for you and your family to use every day of your lives. Never ever forget that there is a God in heaven who loves you and answers prayers".

Woooow! This is what we call Grace (Nyasha).

Tapiwa Zuze

The Long And Short Of It Is This:
If you can still explain it then it’s God's Mercy upon your life, but when you begin to get confused and don't even know where to start; whether to cry or smile, whether to shout or pray, whether to kneel down or stand, then you just have to know this is God's Grace.

To me this exemplification summarizes mercy and grace!

Tapiwa Zuze – www.tapiwazuze.com
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