Our attitudes and actions will be judged – James 2:12-13… 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.
Two attitudes; showing mercy to others, and refusing to show mercy. If we have been merciful toward others, God will be merciful toward us. However, this does not mean we earn mercy by showing mercy, because it is impossible to earn mercy. Nor does it mean that we should be soft on sin and never judge it in the lives of others.
Mercy and justice both come from God. Where God finds repentance and faith, He is able to show mercy; where He finds rebellion and unbelief, He administers justice. It is the heart of the sinner that determines the treatment he gets.
This is a principle which runs through all Scripture. Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7). “If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14-15). “Judge not that you be not judged, for with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged” (Matthew 7:1-2).
V.13 reminds me of 1 Corinthians 11:31-32… 31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world.
No matter what our gifts from the Spirit are we need to check up on ourselves daily to be sure we are not disobedient to the commands of Jesus! Confess and repent when needed.