James 2:13 Judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
Mercy is a deep compassion. It not only forgives the repentant with extravagant love, mercy brings better-than-before restoration and intimate reconciliation with the favor of a royal. Mercy is excessively lavish with what is not deserved to the one who turns back home.
If you don’t extend mercy to a repentant brother or sister with loving action, attitude, and articulation, then mercy will not be extended to you by your Father in heaven.
Greek word for triumph: “to exult over, to glory over, to boast itself to be superior, rejoice against, to boast over causing injury to the person or thing.”
Mercy trumps judgment. Whatever judgment brings as evidence to convict and condemn the repentant trespasser, mercy comes in with more authority and more power.
To ignore the authority and power of mercy is a serious crime. It is severely disrespectful of a Father of mercies, a God named “Love.” Refusing mercy is a strong defiance, positioning oneself contrary to Christ’s redemptive work on the cross, dishonoring the punishment He endured to set the humble free.
Mercy shows kindness, sensitivity and tenderness to those who have been broken, bruised and battered by their sin. Mercy is like the good Samaritan, pouring in oil and wine to heal the devastation of a life lived apart from Life, whose name is Jesus.
To come against those separated from God without an offer of hope of rescue or the message of salvation, is representative of a pharisaical spirit that comes to condemn, unlike the Savior, who came to save. It comes to fight for change instead of persuade to repent. This spirit is blind to the deeper matters of the spiritual blindness of their opponent, attempting to control behavior instead of yielding to the Spirit of God who change hearts.
Does mercy mean we can’t feel anger at injustice?
Does mercy mean we can’t speak out against wrong doing?
Does mercy mean we can’t take action to change laws?
Does mercy mean we can’t have a voice against wickedness?
Of course not.
Mercy means we don’t go into the world condemning sinners for sinning.
Mercy means our commission is to serve and save.
Mercy means understanding its is the kindness of God that draws people to repentance.
Mercy means we are careful not to break a bruised reed, or careful not to hurt hurting people.
Mercy means we are sensitive to humanity’s desperate need for grace.
Mercy means we don’t categorize people based on their job, their past or their political party.
Mercy means we consider those in need of an awareness and extension of God’s love.
Mercy means we listen before we speak, communicating the worth of those in our sphere of influence.
If our genuine, unadulterated goal is to rescue the perishing, then our message will not be void of a love that pursues, a humility that serves, a kindness that reaches, and a Gospel message that saves.