How ridiculous to overlook judgment because of kindness then love wounds itself by killing justice. –Charles H. Spurgeon
When you look at America today and what it tolerates concerning their individual and corporate responsibilities before God and man it leaves one bewildered as to how it is that we still remain.
When men and woman look the other way when it comes to the crimes being committed against each other, against Heaven and how it is the people then expect mercy from a Just and Holy God who does not overlook their iniquities (Matthew 24:12) again, it leaves one bewildered.
Heresies in the church, corruption in the government and the American people instead of dealing with the issues somehow entertain themselves out of their obligations and responsibilities (Psalm 94:16).
The issue here is sin, our sins (Deuteronomy 30:19, Romans 6:16), and sin must be dealt with (1 John 3:4), and they were dealt with, and that on the cross of Jesus Christ (John 16:11).
Do understand that there is a personal redemptive judgment (Bearing the cross in obedience to Christ from the heart Romans 6:11,13:14, Galatians 2:20, 5:24 etc.) which is upon repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10).
And then there is a condemning and destructive judgment (John 8:24), which applies to both personal and national sins (Judas-Nineveh) if they are not Biblically dealt with.
How does one expect the Lord to be merciful unto a people that do not do for himself or herself what God has commanded them to do? How do you help a people like that?
The modern Gospel in America today teaches that the Lord is on His throne and He will do what He will do without holding in context the whole of chapter 11 in the book Psalms. Well, that is true so far as the Church is willing to do what the Lord has already revealed for them to do through the commandments found in the scriptures (Acts 1:2). To do otherwise is to leave you and your children to be subjected to everything and protected from nothing, and this is the version of America’s mercy rejoicing against Judgment which opens them up unto God’s judgments (Deuteronomy 28:15-68).
“Thou shalt keep therefore His statutes, and His commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.” (Deuteronomy 4:40)
“But if ye will not hearken unto Me, and will not do all these commandments; And if ye shall despise My statutes, or if your soul abhor My judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break My covenant: I also will do this unto you;” Leviticus 26:14-16
Let me help you understand, a form of mercy to us is when the Lord exposes the evil (Luke 12:2) in which the Church is to then rise up in keeping the Lord’s commandments (Deuteronomy 4, Proverbs 7:2) in dealing with the wicked by bringing judgment upon their heads in establishing righteousness in this earth (Isaiah 51:4).
“For when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.” Isaiah 26:9
In other words it is a mercy of God on the behalf of the innocent to bring His judgments upon the heads of the wicked!
But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness (Psalm 107), judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 9:24)
If left off by the righteous (the Church), this will strengthen the hands of the wicked against themselves (Ezekiel 13:22) by drawing nigh the seat of violence unto themselves (Amos 6:3), and this is a judgment upon a people who refuse to obey the Lord.
On a personal note mercy is shown to them that are sorry for what they are guilty of (Breaking God’s Moral law Psalm 19:7), this is called repentance (Matthew 3:2). Read the whole of Luke 15:11-32.
And scripture teaches us the lesson, “And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.” (Luke 17:4)
Secondly, repentant people are righting the wrongs for this is the fruit of repentance.
“For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort (Exodus 20), what carefulness it wrought in you (Psalm 119:11), yea, what clearing of yourselves (1 Corinthians 9:27), yea, what indignation (Isaiah 30:30), yea, what fear (Proverbs 16:6), yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal (John 2:17), yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.” (2 Corinthians 7:10-11)
The Church is called to be the repairer of the breach, they are not to pass off their responsibilities back unto to the Lord and then blame Him for what they have in fact left off.
And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. (Isaiah 58:12)
And again, this applies to both personal and national responsibilities (Jonah 3).
So to suggest that mercy rejoiceth against judgment (Without repentance (Acts 20:21) personally and nationally (Revelation 1:5) without understanding the heart and instructions of God, is to forsake your own mercies.
Jonah 2:4 says, “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercies.”
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