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You’ve seen a cell phone tower, right. Can you imagine being 225 feet up a 359 foot tower? You are strapped to the tower working on the equipment there. Now imagine you are 225 feet up the tower when a section topples off the top and snaps a guy wire, causing the entire tower to collapse! This actually happened to Uriah King. He survived, but suffered a broken left ankle, broken right leg and multiple pelvic fractures. He endured six surgeries to install plates and rods in his pelvis and legs. Can you imagine the therapy he had to fight through?! After months of healing, King is walking again. But there’s more. He is not only walking again, but playing high school football! King has triumphed over his injuries.*
Think of that word triumph. It is used in connection with mercy. If we are going to live the Beatitude that says “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7 NIV) we have to understand where mercy triumphs. James tells us in James 2:12-13, “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.”
So, do you want to be a winner when facing judgement? Then be merciful!
*Derrick Stuckly, “Uriah King Makes Triumphant Return To Football 14 Months After 225-Foot Tower Fall,” Brownwood News, August 16,2021, https://www.brownwoodnews.com/2021/08/16/uriah-king-makes-triumphant-return-to-football-14-months-after-225-foot-tower-fall/.
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