Daily Reading 10-30-17
James 2:8-13 Living Bible
Mercy is defined as not getting what you deserve; punishment is withheld. We have all broken God’s Laws in some way; all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We deserve the punishment for sin; eternal separation from God. But because of God’s mercy (loving kindness) and grace we are forgiven. God withholds the punishment we deserve, because Jesus paid the price and died for our sin. He took our place. Extravagant gratitude is the proper response for such a Gift.
In our passage today, James reminds us when we have received great mercy from God we are responsible for extending mercy toward others. Put on a spirit of mercy as you go through your week.
James 2:8-13 Living Bible (TLB)
8 Yes indeed, it is good when you truly obey our Lord’s command, “You must love and help your neighbors just as much as you love and take care of yourself.” 9 But you are breaking this law of our Lord’s when you favor the rich and fawn over them; it is sin.
10 And the person who keeps every law of God but makes one little slip is just as guilty as the person who has broken every law there is. 11 For the God who said you must not marry a woman who already has a husband also said you must not murder, so even though you have not broken the marriage laws by committing adultery, but have murdered someone, you have entirely broken God’s laws and stand utterly guilty before him.
12 You will be judged on whether or not you are doing what Christ wants you to. So watch what you do and what you think; 13 for there will be no mercy to those who have shown no mercy. But if you have been merciful, then God’s mercy toward you will win out over his judgment against you.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for extending mercy and grace even when I deserved punishment. I will forever be grateful for the depth of your love for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.