When God’s mercy towards us is constantly in the forefront of our mind, we live free from the ugliness of judgement. I call this “making God’s mercy alive within me.” When He saved me, God forgave a debt I could not pay. Furthermore, as His erring child, I am constantly in need of His mercy. If I am grateful to Him, I treat others with the same mercy He gives me. God’s Word says this so beautifully: “So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James‬ ‭2:12-13‬) Wow! Aren’t we, who are born again, constantly living in the magnificent experience of mercy triumphing over judgment? If so, shouldn’t we speak and act towards OTHERS pursuant to the same “law of liberty?”

God’s mercy frees us from the law of sin and death; thus, why would we ever choose to return to living under its bondage and treat others as if God’s mercy is not alive within us? When my heart is bathed in God’s presence, His ever-flowing mercy towards ME is the guiding force in how I treat OTHERS. His heart-conquering love allows me to see the possibilities which His love holds for others. “Mercy triumphs over judgement.” In God’s Spirit, we are blessed to wield a powerful combination of truth and compassion. People see Jesus in us. They see the freedom of living as God’s child. Love and mercy have a much more powerful effect than judgement and condemnation. I know. I’ve received more mercy than I deserve. It has Almighty, transforming power. God’s mercy teaches me how to live free from the chains of judgement and then I learn to love. The life of God’s Son purchased my liberty; thus, it is my greatest honor to love others as He loves me. (James 2:8)