Mercy Triumphs

Sometimes I hear Christians say that God looks at us objectively. They talk like that is a wonderful thing, but I assure you it is not!

Paul tells us exactly what we were like before we gave our allegiance to Jesus when he says we were “helpless … ungodly … sinners … enemies [of God]” (Romans 5:6 and 5:10). I’ll stand aside and let all of you who are so excited about objectivity rush forward to claim those qualities! Face it — objectively speaking, we all deserved death from a righteous, holy God.

How fortunate we are that sandwiched in between all that objectivity is a warmly subjective reason for our hope: “But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8).

So, if you want to know how to balance objectivity and subjectivity, listen to what James tells us: “Speak and act as those who will be judged by a law that gives freedom. For judgment is merciless for the one who has shown no mercy. But mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:12-13, NET Bible.

I’ll take God’s subjective love every time!

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