If you are caught doing or saying anything politically incorrect, mercy will be hard to find. Rather, your reputation will be assaulted, tarnished or possibly ruined for the rest of your life. When the dust settles, the heart broken long for mercy in disguise.
For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment, James 2:13.
Growing up in Bethlehem, James’ older brother made great claims causing some to label him as a dreamer. Subsequently, James bought into the rumors and stereotypes made about Jesus. Thus, the context of the verse above refers to James’ acknowledgement of his own rush to judgement. In the end, mercy triumphs over judgement.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need, Hebrews 4:16.
With the negativity that exists, especially within social media, its easy to lose sight of signs of grace. Rather, harsh criticism is fueling a growing wave of guilt before all the evidence has been brought forth. Thus, in an unloving world, its nice to know that there is a throne of grace available to those who believe. Don’t let judgment drag you down; instead keep a close eye on mercy in disguise.
by Jay Mankus