8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. 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.
Mercy triumphs over judgment says James. This is a powerful statement that we do well to dwell on. All too often we are quick to judgement, we make up our minds, form and express our opinions all too quickly and readily. So often we have not investigated well, we have heard one side of the story which is about a third of the truth! So Mercy triumphs over judgement – it allows for the space to be better informed, to wait a little longer for the Spirit to work in bringing a person to repentance or to show their folly in such a manner that it is clearly evident. Mercy reminds us that we are in the same boat – forgiven! This is not to say that judgements are not needed at times – but may our lives be filled with mercy so that our judgements require deep tears from tender hearts!
When next we are tempted to make a criticism, a judgement call may we hold fire until we are better informed.
Father may mercy so consume my heart that I hear your voice consistently!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta