Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mercy Triumphs over Judgment (James 2:12-13)

- Partiality/prejudice/favoritism/discrimination = sin of judgment
- Believers are to speak and act as those who shall be judged by the law of liberty...the law that gives freedom from sin and death. "You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat." (Romans 14:10) "For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad." (2 Corinthians 5:10)
- Those who are merciless will face judgment without mercy. We must show mercy to others, or God will not show mercy toward us when He judges us (the parable of the unmerciful servant in Matthew 18:21-35 came to mind).
- Mercy triumphs/prevails/wins over judgment! I believe the sin of judgment can be overcome by mercy (God's mercy to us and our mercy to others). The antidote to favoritism is mercy (showing love, kindness, compassion, forbearance, forgiveness, and humility).

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