2 Timothy 1:16-18 16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: 17 But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. 18 The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well. Romans 9 tells us that the Lord has mercy on whom He will have mercy. However, we have been told who the Lord will have mercy on - those who have mercy toward others. Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. Jesus commands us to give attention to such ministry, equating the ministering to the saints with ministering to the Lord Himself. Matthew 25:39-40 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Likewise, failure to minister to those will be viewed as the neglect of our Lord. Matthew 25:44-45 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. My question would be this: If believers have nothing to fear at the judgment, what is the purpose of Paul asking for the Lord to have mercy toward Onesiphorus? What would he need mercy from?