Have you ever experienced quick judgment with no mercy? Maybe it was growing up in your family or in school or at a job. Maybe it was an honest mistake that you learned from and you knew you would never do it again; however, there was no mercy extended and you found yourself facing harsh consequences. It is disheartening to be in that situation; you feel like everyone lost faith in you and you just wish you could have a second chance. God has strong feelings about judgment without mercy; please look up James 2:12-13.
I find verse 12 interesting, "Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom..." Throughout this week I have been exploring how we are changed when we realize that God desires to show us mercy. We are changed so we share it with others; not just by what we say, but what we do. Our behavior should reflect the fact that we have freedom, "because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful." God requires us to be merciful! Why? Because, "Mercy triumphs over judgment." Praise God that mercy triumphs over judgment!
Listen, our good behavior doesn't save us; however, our faith changes our behavior if it is active. James 2:14 says, "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?" James 2:18-19 says, "But someone will say, 'You have faith; I have deeds.' Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder." Believing in God is not enough! Even the demons believe in God. If we truly understand and accept that we are saved through Christ and His mercy we will be changed. Therefore, our knowledge of the mercy that we have been freely given needs to turn into the action of being merciful.
Are you showing the world your faith by your deeds?