2. Judgment brings correction, mercy brings connection.
When God brings judgment to a person, let’s say you or I am living in sin and God brings judgment to our door because of the sin. The purpose of that judgment is to bring correction. However, judgment alone cannot re-establish our relationship with him because judgment is based on punishment and fear. It is his mercy that allows us to connect with him in relationship. One of the greatest examples of this is seen in the parable of the two sons, which we call the Prodigal Son. After spending all of his money and living a wild lifestyle he came to his senses. He recognized the error of his ways. He decided to return to his father and expected to receive judgment. Notice what he said.
I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ – Luke 15:18-19
The son was ready to receive the consequence for his actions. He would have been back in the father’s house but he would no longer have seen himself as his son. If that would have been the result the judgment would have corrected his actions, but he still would have not been connected to the father. However, if you are familiar with the story, the father reacted quite differently. This is where mercy came into play.
“…But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” – Luke 15:20
This demonstration of mercy from the father, re-established or re-connected the relationship with his son. This is one big reason why mercy triumphs over judgment because it helps us once again walk in fellowship with our heavenly Father.
3. God pours out judgment so he can pour out mercy.
We often view judgment in the wrong light. The purpose of judgment in this life is to lead you to mercy. What is fascinating about God is that his first desire is always to pour out mercy, however, sometimes he uses judgment to get to that point. I am going to give you two examples to help you understand this.
Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/shuang paul wang