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Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. – James 2:12-13
It sometimes requires longsuffering to refrain from judgment instead of exercising mercy and love. When Jesus asked us to love our neighbors as ourselves, He also asked us to refrain from judging others harshly.
What would it be like if we could wish kindness and ease for all people? We don’t like to be in pain or to suffer. We wouldn’t wish pain and suffering on others, even when they push our buttons. It’s important to step back and see others the way God sees them. He loves them. He gives them second chances. It requires patience, but we can do it. We can forgive.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, it is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things; hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. – 1 Cor. 13:4-7
It seems that we suffer a long time the more we are kind and try to accommodate others. Love requires sacrifice and the greatest sacrifice is to lay down one’s life for others. Jesus did that for us. He suffered a long time. He was more than patient.
He even at some point asked his Father to take “this cup from me,” (Luke 22:42) yet He submitted to His Father’s will anyway. It could not have been easy, but Jesus loves us so much that He died for us. We should be grateful.