March 29, 2019
I was asking God what He has for me today and what He wanted me to study and I looked up to my open bible and saw the phrase MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGEMENT in James 2:13. I didn’t think it would be that easy and clear sometimes I have to search a while before finding something to study. It’s crazy to me because I had just been praying about someone I don’t show enough mercy to and then He shows me this. And how can I show mercy if I don’t even know what it means. I realized I hadn’t ever really dug into the meaning and truth behind mercy, but I know what judgment means all to well. I spend a lot of my energy worrying and judging others when we are given more mercy from God than we ever deserve. I need to show God’s mercy by showing it on everyone around me.
The previous verse talks about those who judge without mercy will be judged without mercy. I think we all want to be judged with God’s mercy.
So I looked up the google definition of the word mercy which means compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm. And then I looked up compassion which is sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
I used the REAP method to look into it further on my own. I discovered that:
A truth behind it is that mercy triumphs over judgment
A sin I need to repent of is judging and worrying about others
A promise I need to be reminded of is we will only be judged with mercy if we display it
A direct command I am given is to act like those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom
This lead me to the conclusion that I need to change how I view others. I need to show mercy and compassion when I begin to look at the lives of others.
I’ve decided to use this phrase as my new mantra/tagline and so far I’d say having this phrase engraved in my brain has helped me show more mercy in my thoughts, words, and actions, even if it is only by a small margin so far.