Daily Devotional – Mercy for the Merciful

By on October 3, 2019
Daily Devotional

Our scripture for the Daily Devotional today is taken from James 2: 5-13. Loving your neighbor as yourself leads you to show mercy to those around you. If you feel that you need and would appreciate mercy, you need to be willing to show mercy to others.

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”[a] you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”[b] also said, “You shall not murder.”[c] If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

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If we wish to be shown grace and mercy, and not judgment or punishment, James has said that we need to show mercy to those around us. In order to extend mercy to someone, you need to have a softened heart. Mercy comes from an empathetic soul that has been softened by God Himself.

Coming back to Matthew 5 from earlier this week, Jesus said that those that “the merciful will be shown mercy”. 

God’s promise is that He will show us mercy. Are we showing mercy too? Are you encouraged by God’s forgiveness and mercy on offer to us to help your neighbors with love and mercy?

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your forgiveness and mercy that You so willingly poured out for us on the cross. Help me to extend your mercy to all of those around me.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

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Daily Devotional – Mercy for the Merciful