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“For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”


Mercy triumphs over judgment

Mercy has greater power than judgment.  If we live as people free of discrimination and characterized by extending mercy to others, we are ready for evaluation by Jesus at the Judgment Seat of Christ.  God will give us mercy on that day.  The person who exercises mercy will triumph over judgment because God will exercise no judgment on him. 

Mt 5:7,  “Blessed are the merciful,

For they shall obtain mercy.”


The mercy that we show to others here will be manifest to us hereafter. 


If we expect mercy at the Judgment Seat of Christ, we must show mercy in time.  Our spirit of mercy determines how God will evaluate us on that day.  If we show mercy to fellow believers, we have no concern about how Jesus will evaluate us on that day.  This is a mercy of merit. 

Mt 6:14-15, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

We look forward to the mercy that the Lord will extend to us in eternity.  That is when mercy will finally and ultimately triumph over judgment.  He will be merciful to us not because of our works but because of His work on the cross.  The mercy we receive when we embrace the cross for eternal life is not the mercy we deserve. 

Ju 20-21, “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”