James 2:12-13 MSG
"Talk and act like a person expecting to be judged by the Rule that sets us free. For if you refuse to act kindly, you can hardly expect to be treated kindly. Kind mercy wins over harsh judgment every time."
Speak and act with kindness. Treat others with mercy. Be generous with your kind acts. Speak and act as if you're being judged. As if you're being judged by the rule that sets us free.
What is the Rule that sets us free? Jesus set us free. It is His act of kindness and mercy that sets each of us free. What is His one and only rule? John 13:34 (MSG) “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another."
'Talk and act like a person expecting to be judged by the Rule that sets us free.'
Here's a tough question? Are you recognized as a Christ follower by your acts of kindness and mercy? Are you kinda kind? Sometimes kind? Maybe you might be merciful and forgiving if the circumstances are right? Do you tend to dole out mercy for others based on your own personal opinion?
'Kind mercy wins over harsh judgment every time.' Kind Mercy.
As I was reading the comments on a random post today I found multiple acts of kindness and mercy. I also found several acts of unkindness and harsh judgement. If we refuse to display kind mercy in our own actions how can we expect to receive kind mercy from others?
Daily we are afforded opportunities to display acts of kindness and mercy. Opportunities to make it known by our actions and by our words that kindness and mercy mean something to us. That we act this way because Jesus first loved us.
May we each, diligently, remember to talk and act (post and tweet) with kind mercy, because kind mercy wins over harsh judgement every time. Jesus showed us how, and His is a truly wondrous display.
Yep. Kind Mercy.