A Hole is a Hole
Mercy Triumphs over Judgement -James 2:13
We’ve all heard the saying, “It is what it is”. Meaning that no matter how you slice it, it is what it is. There is no changing it.
If you have a large hole in one sock, and small hole in another, they are both still holes. A hole is a hole, and equally annoying.
We all have holes…
(That sounded better in my head)
In this scripture, James is advising Christians to not show favoritism and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves because we all have sin, and no one sin is worse than the other. He goes on to say that faith without life application is worthless.
Think of something you struggle with- even if it’s just being quick to anger, or tending to over-eat. How quickly are we able to see these same holes in others and judge them differently than we do ourselves?
Or maybe we struggle with something like drug use…. maybe they are even prescribed to us legally… but maybe we tend to over-use them. Would we then judge an addict struggling with the same thing just because they are bought illegally? Just because your name is on the label, and you have a job, doesn’t make the hole any smaller. It is our own “holes” which enable us to see them in others.
A hole is a hole, a sin is a sin. And sin is a hole.
John 8 depicts a beautiful example of mercy when the Pharisees bring an adulterous woman to Jesus, expecting her to be stoned as punishment. Instead, Jesus draws in the sand, lets the woman go, and slowly the Pharisees begin to walk away. There is speculation that Jesus may have started writing each of their sins in the sand and that’s why they walked away. Regardless, He made His point.
Mercy over Judgement = Triumph
If we show mercy, we will be shown mercy.
Some questions to ask ourselves:
- What are 2 things we struggle with every week?
- How do we view others who have these struggles, or any other struggles?
- How can we train our hearts to show mercy instead of judgement?
Over the next few weeks I hope we can all really grab on to scripture and apply it. If you’re having a hard time getting motivated, just take one small step.
30 day challenge – read more in the hit repeat again previous blog…
- Write down a list of things you need to pray for
- This is not a wish list
- Try not to just make them all about you
- Keep the list small and purposeful
2. Spend at least 30 minutes in uninterrupted prayer
- A scheduled time not just throughout the day
- Ideas: 30 minute drive to work, actually getting up early, skipping a tv show, praying before bed
3. Read at least one scripture passage a day
- Pick a book of the Bible and read a passage each day
- Follow our blog for daily scripture
4. And if you fail one day out of 30 – HIT REPEAT AGAIN!