Saturday, December 15, 2012
Welcome to Day 349 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
James 1:22, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
James 2:13, “Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
19 “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”
James 3:6, “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”
James 4:2, “You do not have because you do not ask God.”
7 “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
James 5:17, “Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”
How are we supposed to boil the book of James, 5 chapters, into one observation?? James is one of the most practical books of the Bible. Lots to apply to our lives.
There are several applicable verses in these five chapters! So much wisdom for day-to-day life. James is so practical…
But for me, the one that I think outweighs them all is James 2:13,
“Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
This speaks to me as to how to live life, how to apply the Bible, and how to treat others.
Jesus said, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:36. Jesus taught many parables on mercy… The Pharisees, Sadducees and Teachers of the Law did not get this… Jesus told them they “neglected the weightier matters of the Law. Mercy, justice and faithfulness.” Matthew 23:23
The prophet Habakuk 3:2 wrote, “In wrath remember mercy…”
Good advice for all of us…
For “We all like sheep have gone astray. Each of us has turned to his own way.” Isaiah 53:6
I could go on and on about this one topic, maybe more than any other…
Mercy is not getting what we deserve… (punishment.)
Grace is getting what we don’t deserve… (forgiveness and favor.)
At the end of my life, I would rather be found to have been overly merciful toward others… versus judgmental and harsh.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t consequences to our actions… what it means is that “in his wrath, he finds mercy.”
In the end, how we treat others will define how God treats us. If I have been merciful, I will receive mercy.
Thank you for your mercy toward me!