James began the second “chapter” of his letter with a discussion about favouritism in the church. He concludes that section with today’s verse…
For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:13)
As a Christian, I will not be punished in eternity for my sin because Jesus took my punishment for me. But my deeds will still be judged, and I will be rewarded for what I do. If I show love and mercy to all the people I meet, God will reward me accordingly. But if I favour some people and am judgmental toward others, I will lose part of my reward. I may also find that other people treat me the same way.
If I am known as a person who shows mercy, people will be more likely to show mercy to me. But if I am judgmental toward others, I will likely be judged by others in similar fashion.
I like how James says that mercy triumphs over judgment. That is exactly what happened at the Cross, when God’s mercy cancelled the judgment that I deserved. God’s mercy triumphed over judgment! God now wants me to take the mercy I have been shown, and pass it on to others.
Today’s Good News is that mercy triumphs over judgment.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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