James 2:12-13 says “12So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 13For he shall have judgement without mercy, that hath showed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgement.”
Before we begin its important that we clarify something before people get confused. Both Jesus (John 5:24) and Paul (Romans 8:1) assure us that Christian believers will NEVER be judged for their sins. However, Christians will be judged for their deeds which they have or have not done.
This lesson is to be taken in context with yesterdays. Yesterday verses 8-11 were discussed where we saw believers who didn’t love the way they should have been. We saw that in failing to meet one aspect of being a Christian they were failing in everything. They were justifying themselves by pointing out the aspects they were meeting but they weren’t realising that God who said to those other things also said to do the thing they were not doing and in this they were found as transgressors.
Back in verse 12 James is talking to the believers again who had been respecting rich men and despising the poor. The verse says “so speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty”. The word “so” here is the Greek word houto meaning thus or in this manner. In this we see that this is referring back to the previous verses. Therefore this verse is saying: “you are speaking in this manner, and doing things in this manner. You’re acting like those who are going to be judged; you’re acting in a carnal way” (look back over verses 8-11 to get the whole picture).
Verse 13 goes on to emphasise this point. The verse says “For he shall have judgement without mercy, that hath showed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgement.” This verse is saying that God will judge without mercy to those who have shown no mercy, but to those who have shown mercy can rejoice in the fact that they have security in their merciful ways. I believe this is referring to the Christians judgement concerning deeds. The Christians, like the ones discussed in the preceding verses, who showed no mercy to the poor but instead despised them will not receive any rewards concerning their acts; but those Christians who show mercy to others can rejoice in the fact that they will not be judged for not being merciful and they can rejoice in this.
Just as a side note here the word “mercy” is the Greek word eleos which is translated compassion. With this in mind it goes back to love being the fulfilment of the law (see yesterday’s lesson for more on this). In this we can see that the Christian who does not love everyone is breaking the foundation upon which Christianity itself is built. The unloving Christian will be judged in an unloving way, but the Christian who has shown true love to all can rejoice in the knowledge that they will not be judged in this way.
Ask yourself today how loving you are. Do you despise people? Do you go around saying you hate this and hate that? If so search your heart today and get rid of this hatred. We are commanded to love everyone. The past cannot be changed but the future can. If you’ve been unloving in the past ask God for forgiveness and start afresh. Ask God to help you love everyone the way He loves them. Ask for His compassion and His love for people. Don’t subject yourself to an unloving judgement. After all, it is far easier to love than to hate. – Andrew.
Posted on September 19, 2012, in Andrew's Thoughts for the Day and tagged Christian, christian youth, Christianity, God, Heart, James, Jesus, Judgement, Love, Mercy, Religion and Spirituality, Sin. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.