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The danger of partiality

Mercy triumphs over judgment.

This statement in James 2:13 is crucial.

The true value of a Christian is that mercy has triumphed over judgment and now Christ lives in them.

But here is the point James is making. He has just told us to be a doer of the word. He is about to tell us – faith without works is dead.

Here he says – if on the final day you want God’s mercy to triumph over God’s judgment.

Then in this life – you need to show you are His by allowing your mercy to triumph over your judgment.

Judgmentalism comes easily and naturally. But it comes with evil motives.

Mercy comes with a great cost – in fact it only comes when Christ is in us.

But if Christ is in us – then we will ensure our mercy triumphs over our judgment.

James says – our speech and our actions – the way we treat others has to line up with mercy not judgment – or we don’t understand the gospel.

In Luke 6:36–38, Jesus said exactly the same thing:

Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. … For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

If you judge by externals rather than mercy – that is how God will treat you.

For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.

Here is the point. If you judge others by externals – if you judge with evil motives – I accept this one because he is good…