James 2:12-13 says, “12 So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
James cuts to the point when he says, “So speak and so do…” Believers must talk about Jesus and His salvation, because there really is nothing better to talk about for someone who has been saved from hell. But, while we are talking about Jesus, we must make sure our actions are saying the same things our mouths are. The way we used to say this in the 80’s was, “If you’re going to talk the talk, you better walk the walk.”
We have so much to be grateful for. Not the least of which is the fact that we won’t be judged for our sins, because Jesus has paid our sin debt in full! Any sin convicts us to hell. As Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In other words, no one deserves heaven. No one could earn the right to go to heaven. It is God’s free gift to all who believe in His Son, Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. That’s what it means to be judged by the law of liberty. I’m going to heaven and I’m telling everyone! While I’m telling everyone I want to be a good representative of the One who I owe everything, Jesus Christ.
For those of us who have received this great mercy, we should be the most grateful people on the planet. We have received more mercy than we could imagine and therefore we should be the most merciful. Maybe that’s human nature to not appreciate a gift. But, if we focus on the magnitude of that gift and that we could never have afforded it on our own, maybe we would be humbled enough to share that great gift of mercy. The mercy that we have received should drive us passionately to help others see that mercy is better than judgement. I cannot imagine getting to heaven in the end and not seeing all the people I love.
“Mercy triumphs over judgement.” Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death.” We will all be judged for our sins unless they are washed away completely by the blood of Jesus. Jesus’ great act of mercy was to die on the cross for our sins. His sacrifice means that we are justified at our final judgment and my friends, that mercy beats judgment every day, any day, and all day. Praise God for His infinite mercy! I pray you have a great week. Let your talk of God’s mercy match your walk of God’s mercy. Be blessed my friends.