69. Mercy triumphs over judgement.
"Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?" (Matthew 18:33) We hold many in the 'dock' - ( the enclosed space in a court of law where the accused sits or stands during trial ) - of our hearts, responsible for all the failures in our lives and we are not willing to acquit them. But what is unfair is that among those accused, God is the first undertrial while we have absolved ourselves of any culpability for our own failures! To begin with, we need to acquit God of all wrong doing because he is 'a faithful God who does no wrong.' (Deuteronomy 32:4) It's a sin to falsely accuse another. 'Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.' (Job 1:22, 2:10) Then there are our parents standing in the dock, though they never intended any harm, since they had our best interests in their mind but failed to make the right choices for us because they are afterall human! Then there are those who were actually our well wishers but we misunderstood them just as we did our parents. Forgive them if at all there is anything to forgive! As for those who did us harm, we ought to forgive them as well because God has forgiven us the sins we had committed against him and others. Next in line to receive our forgiveness is we ourselves. But some find it hard to forgive themselves because their ego wouldn't allow. They think that they cannot and should not err! If God has forgiven us, then why not forgive ourselves! Finally there is only one left in the dock and he alone is your real adversary; the devil 'who comes only to steal, kill and destroy.' (John 10:10) 'For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against ... the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.'( Ephesians 6:12) Let's acquit all men from our hearts because 'judgement without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgement.' (James 2;13) Amen.