Mercy – Judgement

James 2:13 says, “Because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” When looking for the meaning from any passage, it is always important to look at the context. This chapter, and indeed the whole book of James, is a letter from the apostle James about practical Christian living. Not only does it deal with how to respond to God, but also how to respond to others when we believe an injustice has happened in our lives.

We’ve all had it happen.We feel we’ve been served an injustice one way or another.  Something happened that just should not happen.  Our fleshly human nature wants to get back at the perpetrator, but we are taught, not only in the book of James, that judgment will come back on us in the same way we meter out judgement.

But somehow we want vengeance. We feel as though if we exact justice in the situation, that we are doing the right thing. But He says, “Vengeance is Mine”.  Leaving us with a choice. I want to exact justice (judgement), or, I will let God do it in His way, in His time.

Hmmmm. Do I want to have the judgement come back at me in the same way?  Is it worth that?

But let’s focus on the Mercy aspect.  In the Beatitudes, we are taught “Blessed are the Merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”  You will notice, that even though we are just as guilty as anyone else, God says, if you extend mercy you will receive mercy. He has mercy on us even though we don’t deserve it, but how hard is it for us to extend mercy.

I tell people all the time… if you insist on obtaining “your own” justifications, that’s all you’ll get… your own.  But if you extend mercy as you have received freely, God’s justification will cover you. 

Peace will come with the later, more anger, self justifications, victimization, etc. with the former.

The choice is ours.

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