2:13. For judgement is without mercy to the one who has shown mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgement.
We are now to be as ones who love. We are to love our neighbour. Our words are to reflect our faith and our walk before Christ. We are no longer slaves to the law, but find freedom in fulfilling it through the power of the Holy Spirit indwelling within us. (See comments on Chapter 1:25). We now delight to fulfil Christ’s teaching and commands because love is the new law, (See John 14:15; John 15:17; 1 Cor 13:5-7).
Mercy is the evidence of unconditional love. It always triumphs over judgement. It overlooks faults and deals graciously with people. The Word of God speaks highly of mercy, and implores believers to exercise it liberally.
|Mercy Speaking From the Word
|Bind mercy to your heart and your neck and find favour and high esteem in the sight of men and God.|
|Mercy provides atonement for iniquity|
|Mercy and truth preserve the king and his throne|
|It is a weighty matter in the eyes of the law|
Our God is merciful, and therefore wants us to be merciful. Christ implored us to show mercy. (See Matt 9:13; 12:7; 23:23; Luke 10:37). A principle of the kingdom is if we show mercy, then mercy will be shown to us. Our measure of mercy will have a bearing on the judgement that we will receive before Christ’s throne. (Proverbs 21:13).
When we live in obedience to God’s word we are able to live a life that reflects mercy and shows no favouritism whether in word, action or attitude. We need to continually be basing the outworking of our faith on love and reflecting the grace and mercy given to us by Christ, the One who shows no partiality.
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