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“Mercy triumphs over judgment!”

Scripture reading for November 2nd:  James 2

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  James 2: 8-9, 12-13  “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.  But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.  . . . .Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.  Mercy triumphs over judgment!”  

Jesus summed up the Law in one commandment with two parts:  “Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.”  James quotes the second part and encourages believers to live a life of love towards all men.  Favoritism and preferential treatment is sinful and breaks this royal law of love. We are all going to stand before the Lord in judgment for our words and actions (deeds).  Believers at the judgment seat of Christ (2nd Corinthians 5:10) and the lost at the Great White Throne. (Revelation 20:11-15)  If we have not shown mercy as Christ has given us mercy it will not go well with us at the judgment!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers live lives of love towards all their neighbors showing mercy and seeking their salvation without favoritism or prejudice.  “Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before Him, and around Him a tempest rages.  He summons the heavens above and the earth, that He may judge His people:  . . .  for God Himself is judge.”  (Psalm 50:3-6)

 

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