Grace in Justice

graceGod does not twist justice; the Almighty does not make wrong what is right. (Job 8:3)

Ponder It.

  • When have you taken God’s justice into your own hands?
  • When have you experienced “unfair” justice?
  • How have you personally experienced God’s justice?

Receive It. Just as God wants us to love what he loves, he also wants us to hate what he hates. Let’s be clear. God doesn’t hate people. They are his creation, and he has a purpose for each person, whether he or she fulfills it or not. He doesn’t want to lose a single person from eternal life with him, but he gives us choice, and our eternal lives are impact by those choices. God hates sin. He hates anything that comes between us and him. “Right” is that which is of God and is within his will. “Wrong” is what is against God’s will. Because we are made in his image and intended to become more like him every moment as we pursue him through faith, we’re to love what he loves and hate what he hates, which means we need to be familiar with both.

We don’t carry the responsibility of God’s justice. That’s his role. There’s a difference between being the judge and jury and being a discerning believer who isn’t gullible enough to accept falsehoods or too proud to acknowledge or assume truth. As we become familiar with God’s will and he stirs the passions within us, he will let us know when we need to respond appropriately to something that angers him. We don’t have to fix everything. We don’t need to convict someone. But we also don’t need to stand beside the road and ignore what God hates. The key is discernment, trusting God’s timing in every response of thought, words and actions.

Live It. Consider how God’s justice has helped you grow. Thank him for being just and ask him to help you reflect his justice in every response you have today.

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