Micah 6:8 “He has told you, o man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with Your God”
James 2:13 “For what judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
It is our human nature to want justice. I believe it is one reason why superhero movies are such a huge hit, right? We want to see GOOD overcome EVIL. Look around you right now. This world is full of evil right now. And to make it worse too many believers are trying to take it in their own hands. We are too busy pointing AT people and less busy pointing TOWARDS Christ. The people you are pointing at need that finger pointing towards Christ.
Guys, I am a defensive person by nature. I am very quick to want to defend myself. But, I am thankful that God has given me the wisdom to see this. As it is something God has been chiseling in me for a while. One thing the Holy Spirit convicts me over is the thing of mercy. My marriage, for example. If Leesa and I get into an argument it will, by nature, be my first instinct to prove I’m right. I mean, we all do that right? But, too often the Holy Spirit reminds me how often I sin and that the same mercy He shows me I need to show to others. ESPECIALLY my wife. You are so busy moaning and groaning about the person who hurt your feelings or who betrayed you. You forget that it was YOUR sin that nailed Christ to the cross. You know what He was doing?
Luke 23:34 “And Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they know now what they do.”
You know what? You are called to that kind of mercy. Our world is seeking and crying out for justice right now. So many people are spending their time and money on pumping their fists and raising their voices. You know what? THAT WON’T BRING CHANGE. What James is saying is that if you won’t show mercy then you will receive the very judgment you are busy throwing at others. We are called to mercy. MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGMENT. Why do we ignore scriptures like this? It feels a LOT better to see others “get what they deserve”, right? My mind just went to the Olympics. I saw a clip of a race where this guy actually fell. His competitor stopped and picked him up and walked him across the finish line. THAT is mercy. The one guy gave up his dream to win to help another just cross the finish line.
What if, in your venture to prove how terrible others are you stopped and helped that person off the ground to show how amazing the love of God is? Mercy is much more attractive to God than judgment. What if we sought mercy more than judgment? What if you prayed for the person who betrayed you instead of plotting your revenge? What if you showed kindness and love to the person who gets on your last nerve instead of making sure they KNOW how you feel?
After all, that is what Christ did. TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME.
What if you got what YOU deserve? Think about THAT. How can you testify to the goodness of God in your life and then turn around and not show that same mercy and grace to others?
Mercy is far greater than judgment. Now, what if we started actually living that?