Mercy, Mercy

James 2:12-13 (NIV)
Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
James 2:8 (NIV) says:

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.

This is the law that gives freedom, according to verse 12.  It reminds us that we need to be merciful to others.  This is the law by which God’s people will be judged.  You will not be judged by how many times you took the Lord’s name in vain (though you shouldn’t do that – the Lord’s name is holy) or by how many times you had murderous thoughts (you shouldn’t do that, either) or other violations of the 10 Commandments.  You will be judged by how you treated others.  Did you:
  • Love people with the unconditional love you have received from God?
  • Forgive others as you have been forgiven?
  • Show mercy when someone didn’t deserve it?
  • Help those in need of help?
  • Listen to those who were in need of comfort?
  • Share your faith with those who need to hear about Jesus?

James says that “mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:13, NIV).  God’s mercy is greater than His wrath.  We all deserve His wrath, but through Jesus, He extends mercy to sinners like us.  He has forgiven our many transgressions.  He has removed them from us as far as the east is from the west.  So how can we possibly say, “I just can’t forgive him.” or “I will not forgive her.”  Mercy is NOT optional for God’s people to whom mercy has been shown.  Being kind and forgiving is NOT an occasional thing for Christians who have received God’s kindness and forgiveness.  There is a warning given to followers of Jesus about judgment and mercy in verse 13 (NIV):

…judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.

​Commit yourself to being merciful, kind and forgiving today and receive the mercy you so desperately need.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I need Your mercy.  My sins are many and my transgressions are serious.  I am in need of forgiveness for all of the sinful things I’ve said, thought and done.  I am in need of Your help to be forgiving toward those I need to forgive.  I need Your help to show mercy to those whom I believe don’t deserve it.  Help me to be merciful today and to follow Your example of showing mercy.  Thank You for being merciful to me through Your Son, Jesus.  Amen.​

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