MERCY PREVAILS OVER JUDGEMENT
Memorise: For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy rejoiceth against judgment James 2:13.
READ: PSALM 51:1-14 (KJV)
1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 61-64 LUKE 6:24-45
For us as human beings, mercy is one of the most essential attribute of God, because this is God’s character by which He faithfully keeps His relationship with his children, despite our short comings, unworthiness and unfaithfulness [roman 9:15-16] mercy connotes goodness, grace, favor and steadfast love [Ephesians 2:4] the most prominent aspect of mercy is the compassionate disposition to forgive an offender in order to help his or her sorry situation.
The bible shows that Jesus is God’s mercy personified, and by his death and resurrection, we have open access to God’s mercy. I Peter 1:3 Says: “BLESSED be the God and father of our lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
God’s mercy brings about the conversion of sinners, instructs the ignorant, counsels the doubtful and comforts the sorrowful. It also forgives and overlooks injurious acts, and patiently puts up with human errors and weaknesses.
The mercy of Jesus Christ earns us his free legal representation before the father, and secures the sprits continued intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered. Against this background, we can boldly say that God’s mercy prevails over judgment, in this passage. One says mercy “rejoice against “judgment, while the other says mercy“triumphs over “judgment. Both descriptions paint vivid pictures of victory and celebration in a hopeless situation.
Knowing that judgment is the deserved consequence for sin, the intervention of divine mercy that turn things around and makes culprit “ rejoice against ‘ and ‘triumph over ‘ judgment is indeed a miracle.
The ultimate act of God’s mercy is the work of substitution that Jesus Christ performed on the cross of Calvary. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says: “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin: that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Prayer Point: father, please let your mercy prevail over every unfavorable judgment against my life, in Jesus’ name.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God