“So, whatever you say or whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law that sets you free. There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.” James 2:12-13
Someday we will all stand before God and be judged. If we are a born-again disciple of Jesus Christ, you will not be judged for your sins, because your sins are coved by the Blood of Jesus and He paid for your sins on the Cross. Our words will be judged. Even our careless words will be judged. “And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.” (Matthew 12:36) Our words come from the heart and God knows our hearts and He will examine our hearts. God will judge our deeds. “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24) Remember our sins affect our character and works. We cannot sin lightly and serve God faithfully. God forgives our sins when we confess them to Him, but He cannot change their consequences. We will be judged on our attitudes. If we have been merciful toward others, God can be merciful toward us. It does not mean that we earn mercy, because it is impossible to earn mercy. God shows us mercy so we should show others mercy. This does not mean that we are soft on sin. When God finds repentance and faith, He is able to show mercy; where He finds rebellion and unbelief, He must administer justice. Someday everyone will be judged. Don’t think that you will pass this judgement.
Today’s Bible Reading: Romans 14:10-13, 2 Corinthians 5:9-10, Matthew 5:21-26, 33-37