Wednesday, August 19, 2009

daily text 08/19

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
"Mercy exults triumphantly over judgement." (James 2:13)

James was speaking of the mercy that a worshipper of Jehovah shows towards others. It exults triumphantly over judgement in that when the time comes for a person to "render an account for himself to God," Jehovah takes into consideration his merciful dealings and forgives him on the basis of the ransom sacrifice of His Son. (Romans 14:12) No doubt, one of the reasons why David was shown mercy for his sin with Bath-sheba was that he himself was a merciful man. (1 Samuel 24:4-7) On the other hand, "the one that does not practice mercy will have his judgement without mercy." (James 2:13a) No wonder the "merciless" are listed among those whom God views as "deserving of death"! (Romans 1:31, 32) In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said: "Happy are the merciful, since they will be shown mercy." (Matthew 5:7) How forcefully these words show that those seeking God's mercy should themselves be merciful!
(Watchtower issue: 9/15/07, 1:19, 20)