Monday, July 09, 2007

Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment

Becki and I got back in on Saturday. We had a good trip.

To all those who emailed or called us while we were gone, we will be catching up on our messages today.

Here is a passage from James that I stuck out in my mind this past week:

12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment! (James 2:12-13).

For some reason, despite having taught the book of James 2-3 times, I had never caught the phrase, "mercy triumphs over judgment!" This really has application today, doesn't it? There are all kinds of publications that regularly pronounce judgments on other Christians. Any time we do this, we risk bringing judgments down on us.

Where is the patience? Where is the kindness? Where is the humility that we might be wrong on some issue of worship, structure, leadership, or other issues? Does mercy triumph in our publications?