Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Mercy Triumphs over Judgment

James 2:8-13 (ESV)
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing well. [9] But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. [10] For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. [11] For he who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. [12] So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. [13] For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
Mercy triumphs over Judgment. Here we are seeing a ray of gospel peaking through the law. Mercy triumphs over judgment. And for this reason I can show mercy in judgment, not that I’m afraid of God’s judgment on me. I don’t turn a blind eye to other peoples sin thinking that I will be judged by the same measure. I know that I should be. And to be honest, by my measure we would all go to hell. I know by which measure I look at others, and I know that I am guilty thereby. But I think that is often used as some sort of an excuse not to judge others so that they won’t judge you. What are you afraid of judgment? Why? Jesus Christ died to forgive you your sin. Now get a back bone, and tell your children not to shack up! Don’t excuse their sin hoping they will excuse yours. You won’t be judged by them. You are already judged and you are righteous in Christ. But judge yourself, and repent of your sins. Your no less a hypocrite for avoiding the task of judging right and wrong, then you would be just to fess up to your own sin, even as you take your brother to task for the speck in his eye. Oh but sin is such we like to twist God’s word and try to find loopholes. So instead of warning our friends, and even our own children about the dangers of sin, we let our daughters be taken advantage of, and our sons make decisions that are going to make it pretty rough for our grandchildren. All because we are afraid they might judge us? What is wrong with us today. Just remember, Mercy triumphs over judgment.

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