James 2: 13 For he shall have judgement without mercy, that has showed no mercy; and mercy triumphs against judgement.
Have you ever needed God to show you mercy? We all have. We all have missed the mark. We have all said or done things and knew in our hearts we were wrong. So humbly we ask God for His forgiveness. And we received His mercy and judgement was not allowed to come to our doorsteps.
The story in the Bible that talks about the man needing a large debt forgiven or be thrown in prison until he could pay is an example of God’s mercy. Yet after he was forgiven he went and demanded of someone who owed him a small debt to pay up. He was given mercy, but he gave no mercy.
Sometimes we look for more out of others than we expect of ourselves. Then sometimes we pick and choose who we set free. We are unaware we are passing judgement. It’s a sly trick of the enemy to weave his way into our lives.
Satan is stalking us, listening and watching to use our words and actions against us. We are being pulled into a trap when we pass judgement on someone else. Don’t ever say, ” I would never do that” because you will find yourself doing that very thing. Little by little a spiritual shade is being pulled over your eyes and one day what was wrong will become right in your eyes.
Judgement has a boomerang effect. Love covers a multitude of sins. The love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit looks for the best.
The mercy of God is compassion. Compassion for us, took our Lord to the cross. He looked beyond our faults and saw our need. Our need for a Saviour to redeem us, to buy us back from eternal separation from God.
The Word tells us to watch and pray, that we enter not into temptation. Everyday of our lives we are being tempted to pass judgement. Sin is lurking at our door. Satan desires to sift us. Will we fall into his trap?
Maybe we have forgotten, we have been given authority over him. He is under our feet. Whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven, and whatever we loose of earth is loosed in heaven. We bind and loose with our mouths.
Matthew 7:1-2 Judge not that you be not judged. For with what judgement you judge, you shall be judged and with what measure you give, it will be measured to you again.
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
And mercy triumphs against judgement.