MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGEMENT
“For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
James 2:13 (ESV)
Many times in our lives, we will face situations that will result in hard feelings. It’s hard not to be affected by harsh words or feelings of betrayal. That’s why God has given us a formula for peace. His command to bless those who curse you and pray for those who spitefully use you isn’t just for the offending person, but for your own spiritual health, as well.
God commands that we be merciful, and He provides great rewards for our obedience concerning mercy. We are promised that if we show mercy, mercy will be shown to us.
The Bible says that to love mercy is what is required of us. Not just to do mercy, or simply perform acts of mercy, but to LOVE mercy, to embrace mercy, to make it a part of our daily living.
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit. (Titus 3:5)
Mercy and forgiveness separate the lives of Christians from those living without a savior. Because of the love of Christ and the consequences of that love, He died for us. He did it to deliver us from judgment and give us eternal life with the Father. Love gives birth to mercy.
Judgment and a lack of forgiveness do nothing to bring another to repentance, but can cripple your life. If you refuse to forgive, it’s like drinking poison hoping someone else will die.
Practical Application: Seek out someone who is a part of your life, someone you see often in your regular routine. Recall something they have done that offended you and that you have held against him/her. Change how you feel about the situation by changing the feeling of judgment into mercy. Showing mercy is a choice. God shows mercy because of the love He has for us (Ephesians 2:4), and He commands us to love one another. Showing mercy rather than judgment will change your life in an instant. It will bring an instant peace.