“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because GOD IS LOVE.” 1 John 4:7-8 (ESV)
IMHO … it seems that … (and without a doubt this little description is a work-in-process)
Love begets mercy begets forgiveness begets grace.
Love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God, and loves others unconditionally and without expectation choosing to care for, serve and bear the burdens of others ahead of their own burdens … loving one another as Jesus has and is loving us.
Mercy is refusing to bestow punishment, curses and/or judgment upon one who seemingly deserves it (as do we all) because being born of God we have chosen to love others as God loves us.
Forgiveness is the minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour and day-by-day doling out of God’s love, mercy and grace to others in response to the actual and/or perceived wrongs they have committed against us.
Grace is choosing, out of God’s love, to bestow love, blessings and rewards upon one who seemingly does NOT deserve it (as none of us do) just as out of His love God bestows grace upon His children each and every moment of every day through Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit.
The good news … I think I understand how Jesus desires to live and love through me.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 (ESV)