The Journey

The Journey Readings: Week 86… and mercy triumphs…

The Journey Sunday School Class… a leading through Scripture in three years… spent the bulk of today’s class in the book of James… which we read last week… week 85 of our 156 week journey…

In his letter… James instructs the church in how to live… think… respond… to trials… one another… and God…
There is a passage… I think sums it up… the reason why… we are to follow his instruction…
So speak and so act as those who are to be judged
under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy
to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
James 2:12-13 ESV
We… Believers… are a people judged not under the law of sin and death… but under the law of liberty…
For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free
in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:2 ESV
Because of His grace and mercy… rather than judgment… we are called to speak… and act… with grace and mercy… not judgment…

After class… upon entering worship… the call to worship was a song I had not heard before… it was a song… reflecting to me… the heart of James’s letter to the church… what’s written between the lines…

Oh, Cleanser of the mess I’ve made
Upon the hill our places trade
Stretched on a cross Your body crushed
By human hands You formed from dust

Oh, how wonderful Your mercy is
How awesome are Your ways
I come, I come
To worship You for all You’ve done
Oh, Cleanser of the mess I’ve made
Your boundless love for me portrayed
With patience for my learning curve
By holding back what I deserve

Oh, how wonderful Your mercy is
How awesome are Your ways
I come, I come
To worship You for all You’ve done

Oh, Cleanser of the mess I’ve made
With everything at Your feet laid
I watch as all my cares erode
And from my soul these words explode

Oh, how wonderful Your mercy is
How awesome are Your ways
I come, I come
To worship You for all You’ve done

—Clint Lagerberg
If we… as individuals… understand what He has done… The Cleanser of the mess I’ve made… then our life… our whole life… would be a spiritual act of worship
obeying His Word
loving others impartially
serving those less fortunate
submitting our lives to Him
trusting Him by faith
as James teaches…
Because…
mercy fulfills the law…
mercy defeated death…
mercy saves…
mercy frees…
Mercy triumphs…! Amen…
Learn more about His wonderful mercy… come along on The Journey…
This week’s readings…
Monday              Proverbs 1-2
Tuesday              Proverbs 3
Wednesday         Proverbs 4-5
Thursday             Proverbs 6
Friday                 Proverbs 7-8

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