Mercy Triumphs over Judgement

“MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGEMENT”(James 2:13)

In studying God’s Word I am struck by the reality that we have a long way to go when it comes to giving mercy. On the other hand, judging others comes pretty naturally to us, doesn’t it? But if you were to pit the two against each other mercy would prove to be more powerful because, “mercy triumphs over judgement.” (James 2:13)

Nelson’s Bible Dictionary says, “Mercy is the aspect of God’s love that causes Him to help the miserable, just as grace is the aspect of His love that moves Him to forgive the guilty”. God is the Father of mercies or compassion (2 Corinthians 1:3) and He delights in giving mercy (Micah 7:18), and He has mercy on all those who fear Him (Luke 1:50).

 

To give mercy means that you feel for someone, you see their misery and your heart goes out to them. It takes great strength to do this because you become vulnerable. You sympathize with another who is hurting when you give mercy. It is easier to judge someone who is in a bad way and remain at a distance from them. That is a much less vulnerable place.

How do you feel when you are judging someone else in the courtroom of your mind? Do you feel real close to the person you are judging? Of course not. In a courtroom the judge doesn’t sit with the accused. The judge sits above the accused and is separated by a bench and has guards for protection. That is how the Pharisees conducted themselves. They separated themselves by judging everyone according to the Law and they missed God’s mercy (Matthew23:23-ff). Guilty was the only verdict they seemed capable of coming up with. The problem is that we are all guilty so what should we do? Imitate our Father who delights in mercy!

God says, “Let the wicked man forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” (Isaiah 55:78). He goes on to inform us that His thoughts and ways are not our thoughts or ways. They are infinitely higher than ours! That is so true. God shows mercy to anyone who turns to Him! How about you?

What do you do when someone hurts you in some way? Do you freely pardon them or do you bring them into the courtroom in your mind and judge them? Do you remember the fact that you are just as guilty as the person you are judging? (see Romans 2:1-4) How about when it is you yourself who are guilty? Do you bring yourself into that courtroom and condemn yourself? This is equally wrong to do since God has had mercy on us and the blood of Jesus has cleanses us of our sin (1 John 1:7) so that we remain in fellowship with our Father.

God’s mercy has brought us home. Mercy triumphs over judgement because it promotes reconciliation and closeness! That is why we need to remember that there is only one Lawgiver and Judge and that is God. Only He knows how to judge correctly and administer justice, mercy and faithfulness all in the right measure! To God be the Glory! J

 


 

MEMORY VERSE:   Proverbs 19:11  __________________________________________________________________

 

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MONDAY: Read Proverbs 21:10. Write the proverb on the lines below. A wicked man gives no mercy to his neighbor but God says to love your neighbor as yourself. Pray that the Lord would help you to be merciful. Read Romans 2:1-4 and James 5:7-11 and gain insight into why you should be merciful!

 

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TUESDAY: Read Matt. 15:22-28; 20:30-34 and Mark 10:46-52As you read take note of three things. What do the people who are in need or in misery ask Jesus for? What is the response of the crowds or those who are with Jesus? And what is the response of our Lord in each situation?

 

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WEDNESDAY: Read Psalm 130. Write verses three and four on the lines below. Read 1 John 1:5-10 and pray for insight. Be sure to confess your sins to the Lord and He will forgive you.

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THURSDAY: Read Psalm 57. This is a psalm or song written by David. According to verses 1-6 what are his circumstances and what is he asking the Lord for? What is his attitude toward the Lord as you read v. 7-11? Examine your own attitude when things go wrong? Is it like that of David? Are your circumstances as difficult as his were? Praise the Lord for His goodness and take to heart v. 9-11!

 

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FRIDAY: Read Luke 10:25-37. What motivated the Samaritan to do what he did? For a challenge, look up passages that show how when we share the Word of God with others we are imitating the Samaritan (i.e. when we share the Word with another we are offering them the chance to be clothed with Christ according to Galatians 3:26-27).

 

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J Family Devotional Ideas:

  1. Sing Psalm 57:9-11 with your family. Discuss the words of the psalm and why we should exalt or lift up the Lord above everything. Explain any words that your children may not understand. Share with your children some of the things you are thankful to God for and ask them what they feel thankful for. Finish with a prayer of thanksgiving for all the things you discussed.

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