Merciful Justice

“We don’t need the justice of God. We need his grace.” – The Grace Card (2010)

“We don’t need the justice of God. We need his mercy.” – SBC pastor on Revelation

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne.” – Psalm 89:14, cf 97:2[1]

“Let justice run down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.” – Amos 5:24

justiceWhy does the Bible say one thing and Christians another? Justice is a package – forgiveness, grace, judgment, law, mercy, and redemption. Those who repent will receive forgiveness. Those who don’t will receive judgment. God is both just and the justifier of those who believe in his Son Jesus Christ (Romans 3:26). If we truly love God, then we’ll want the whole package.

We desperately need divine justice in this sinful world. When “justice is turned back” and “truth is fallen in the street,” then “he who departs from evil makes himself a prey” (Isaiah 59:14-15). The poor, the fatherless, and the needy are oppressed too (Psalm 82:3, Proverbs 13:23, 31:5; Ecclesiastes 5:8, Amos 5:12, Habakkuk 1:4). “The Lord loves justice” and the lack of it displeases him (Psalm 37:28, Isaiah 59:15, 61:8). God shepherds his children with justice; he gives it to everyone who cries out to him (Ezekiel 34:16, Luke 18:1-8). If we say that we love God, then let us seek his justice. Those who repent of their sins have nothing to fear.

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[1] New King James Version (NKJV), unless otherwise noted

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