(Today’s post by Marc Cannon)
When we started James I was excited to take on this book. I was even more excited once I read the scripture for today, I was literally stoked to have such a relevant topic to write about. I began to brainstorm about how I was going to tear down stereotypical treatment, bigotry, sexism, class systems and turn their agendas upside down with the undeniable truth of the gospel. “I” was prepared to set these people straight.
By “These people” I mean those who look at others differently and treat them as a deficient human because their of a so called different class, color, race, and the list goes on. I’m specifically addressing believers here.
Here in the first 13 verses of the 2nd chapter of James we are open hand slapped in the face with how humanity has treated it’s brothers and sisters. I think about it and the strange thing is, everyone of us is unique. That’s how we’re intended to be. It’s truly sickening at how unfairly we treat those around us; unmercifully, without grace, as a supreme person. It’s all around us, everywhere. Not just here in America. It’s a continual global catastrophe!
I was prepared to help James set those who treat others unjustly, without grace, and beneath them because of one thing or the other. Suddenly a lump grew in my throat. Instance after instance started flashing before my eyes of my lack of grace, my lack of mercy, my propensity to discriminate to those who are different than I am. What truly disgusted me is that these instances infringed on those who are closest to me time and time again; that is nauseating and almost unbearable to admit to the readers here.
After the Holy Spirit just grabbed my line of sight and turn me on my ear, I began to think about the season that just ended that we’re celebrating this week. I’m praying The Lord starts a new season in me, where I can give more grace, show more mercy and treat my brothers and sisters the way He wants me to.
I’m leaving you with this today, and it’s tough medicine to swallow for a lot of us. I urge each of you to read this section carefully, meditate on it and pray about it…It’s powerful enough to change lives drastically, and it could be yours.
James 2:12 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.