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The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
Look at James 2:1-13 and notice v.13 those four words, “mercy rejoiceth against judgment.” If we got what we deserved, we would all be dead and in hell, separated from God.
Judgment would win and we would lose, dying sinners without the mercy of God. Please read Romans 5:19-21 and see that the Law of God shows us that where sin abounds, “Grace did much more abound.” Romans 7:13 tells us that sin is “exceeding sinful.” God wants us to know that sin is transgression against His law and that according to His justice, He responds in judgment. But again, “where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”
I preach against sin. I fight against sin. I name sin, yet I know except for the grace and mercy of God, we would be helpless and hopeless in this life. Look up a few verses: Psalm 23:6; Psalm 86:1,2, 3, 4, 29; psalm 136:1-16. Each verse ends with “for His mercy endureth for ever.” Matthew 23:23 lists “mercy” as one of the “weightier matters of the law.” See Rom. 11:30-32; Eph. 2:4; Tit. 3:5
“Mercy” is from “kindness” and means favour, pity etc. I believe in preaching against sin and I do it faithfully. I also believe “it is of the LORD’S mercy that we are not consumed…” Lam. 3:22
If you are saved, this should excite you: In James 2:13 “Mercy rejoiceth against judgment”, and the word “rejoiceth” means to “boast against” and “exalt against…to glory against.” It is like this true believers. Mercy brags against judgment and though Judgment wants us dead according to the Law of God. Mercy wants us to live because of the Love of God!
Judgment screams DIE! Mercy screams LIVE!
Judgment screams DO! Mercy screams DONE!
Look at Psalm 85:1-13 and notice v.10 “Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.”
Where did Mercy and Truth meet and Righteousness and Peace kiss?
Read Eph. 2:4-18 and note v14-18. When Christ died on the cross, Mercy and truth met…Truth said “the sinner shall die.” Mercy said… “the Saviour died for the sinner.” Righteousness said, “Then I am satisfied.” Peace said, “there is no more condemnation and kissed Righteousness.” Judgment said, “My work is done” and Mercy “rejoiced.”
If you are still lost, Truth and Righteousness still call for Judgment, until your sin has been forgiven through the Blood of Christ. You are under the Judgment of God until you have received Christ as your own personal Lord and Saviour. The moment you receive Christ, Mercy rejoiceth against Judgment.