Today we will wrap up this section of James 2 by looking at the final two verses.
12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,
The law that gives freedom is what the gospel provides through Christ. It is freedom from the legalistic system the Pharisees had put in place. After Jesus’ death and resurrection we were given the Holy Spirit to enable us to follow God’s law of loving Him and loving others. As believers, we will face judgment and be held accountable for our words and actions.
2 Corinthians 5:10
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
However, our judgment will be tempered by God’s mercy and we are called to be merciful to others. We have received the ultimate mercy by Christ dying on the cross for our salvation and the forgiveness of our sins and we need to show mercy to others. Showing others mercy is one of the ways we can love them with the love of Christ.
We all know what it feels like to have someone show us mercy. Have you ever been pulled over for speeding and only been given a warning? That is mercy. Have you ever done something hurtful to someone and been forgiven for your words or actions? That is mercy. Who do you need to show mercy to in your life today? It is a relief to be the recipient of mercy, is there someone in your life that needs to feel that relief today?
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