And have mercy on those who waver; save others by snatching them out of the fire; have mercy on others, coupled with a fear of God, hating even the clothes stained by the flesh. (Jude 1:22-23 NET)
Something I’ve spent a good deal of time and thought on is fear of God & mercy, especially how this is played out through me toward others …namely my children.
Maybe in your house no one has “wavered” in their faith, or walked the road of the prodigal, or blatantly taken a stand opposed to God and His standards. I can’t say the same and it’s left me in a place of – how does God want me to respond?
God is so good at this balance of Justice & Mercy. He can see motivations of the heart. He can see each life, beginning to end. He always holds to the Standard. I on the other hand have to walk by faith, blindly – when what I see appears hopeless.
It’s a constant evaluation of words and actions as I aim to help in His work – not hinder. Too much fear of God and I could ruin the relationship. Too much mercy, and I offer no anchor in the storm. Mercy can feel more loving, yet actually prove unloving.
So I work out my own salvation with fear and trembling, erring on the side of grace because I know that God is faithful with all I’ve entrusted to Him! His justice & mercy are always perfect … even when mine are not.
“Thank You Father for knowing the way when there seems to be no way. You are my Rock and the One Who’s ever-present in my troubles. Balance me in Jesus’ name.”