Can I pass the test? Let’s call it the mercy test. Jesus orders me to be merciful.
Am I? Jesus wants to know. Jesus is serious about this. Jesus calls me to love. That is it. Love is made real in mercy. I need to consider that in my actions.
So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment. | James 2:12–13
Every orthodox statement of faith ends with a statement about the return of Jesus the Messiah and the final judgment. Not all disciples agree as to the details of these future events, but the certainty of them none denies.
Nor would any deny the importance of a final judgment. Both Jesus and Paul assured us that believers will never be…
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