26. Mercy triumphs!
"Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy."( Matthew 5:7) It is a stark reminder for all of mankind about the standard by which God is going to judge the world.' 'Judgement without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgement!' (James 2:13) It wouldn't be hard for us to be merciful to others if we remember that we too were shown mercy. Or else we would be asked, "Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?" ... This is how the heavenly Father will treat each of us unless we forgive others from our hearts. (Matthew 18:33-35) Therefore, it is not an option but imperative (crucial) that we do so lest we stake our salvation! 'Forgive as the Lord forgave you.'(Colossians 3:13) We have heard it being said: "To err is human but to forgive is divine!" Being able to forgive others is the ultimate proof of our godliness or God likeness. Are there still any awaiting our pardon, in the prison of our hearts? Release them today just as He let us go free, for the ransom was paid in full ! The cross unequivocally declares that God's mercy towards us has indeed triumphed over his judgement about us! Amen.