James 2:12-13: Law of Freedom
Speak and act as people who will be judged by the law that sets us free. For God will not show mercy when he judges the person who has not been merciful; but mercy triumphs over judgment. (GNT)
Today’s Noontime reflection asks us to explore our own actions to determine how – or if – our words and actions nurture freedom or project fear.
Keep speaking and acting like people who will be judged by a Torah which gives freedom. For judgment will be without mercy toward one who doesn’t show mercy; but mercy wins out over judgment. (CJB)
How well – or how poorly – do we share power with others?
How easily – or how nervously – do we welcome collegiality?
So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For judgment will be without mercy to anyone who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment. (NRSV)
How happily – or how begrudgingly – do we open ourselves to new ideas or new relationships?
How trustingly – or how obsessively – do we construct bridges with our enemies?
For if you refuse to act kindly, you can hardly expect to be treated kindly. Kind mercy wins over harsh judgment every time. (MSG)
What does freedom look like in our daily interactions?
How authentically – or how deceptively – do we nurture freedom in others and in ourselves?