James - Vital Signs: Mercy

James - Vital Signs: Mercy Message & Notes from 11/11/18


James 2:10-13

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

The mercy of God flowing through the people of God changes lives. 

We need to understand the mercy of God toward us so that we might understand the mercy that we are capable of and that is expected of us.

Biblical Concept of Mercy

All sins, big or small render us guilty and in need of God's mercy.

  • Eliminates Comparison
  • Eliminates Pet Sins
  • Eliminates Monster Sins
  • Eliminates any type of "earning"

We are objects of the mercy of God. Objects of the mercy of God are conduits not containers.

Jesus fulfillment and teaching of the law frees us.

God's character, the need created in us by sin and the mercy extended to us

are the basis for the mercy expected from us.


Matthew 18:21-35 21 

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

What does the mercy you are displaying say about the mercy you have received?

Mercy triumphs through forgiveness, loving-kindness and generosity.