The Harmony of Love & Justice - Your Daily Forward Devotional

The Harmony of Love & Justice

 

August 13, 2020

 

Read Psalm 99: 2-5

Great is the LORD in Zion; He is exalted over all the nations. Let them praise your great and awesome name-He is holy. The King is mighty, He loves justice-you have established equity; in Jacob you have done what is just and right. Exalt the Lord our God and worship at His footstool; He is holy.

 

Reflect

Do you tend to praise God more for His love or for His justice?

 

It is very common to hear our culture praising God for His love. It is less common, though, to hear our culture praising Him for His justice. In fact, I have often heard Christians use His love to rationalize the acceptance of sin. For example, since God is love, it doesn’t matter what a person believes or how a person behaves. They say because God is love, it is ok to just be you and do what you do.

 

Wrong! God definitely is love! But He is more than that. Over and over again, the Bible reminds us that God is also holy, and He is just. Because He is holy, He cannot tolerate sin. Because He is just, sin must be punished.

 

I like to watch true crime documentaries on Netflix. Do you know what the victims are always seeking? Justice. They know that what happened to them or to their loved ones was wrong! They want someone to care enough to do something about it. When crimes, especially murder, go unpunished, it feels like their loved one’s life wasn’t worth anything. Like what happened to them didn’t even matter. So they cry out for justice.

 

God loves His children. When sin against one another, it does matter to God. The person we sinned against does have worth. So, he punishes sin. What’s more, He is a perfect judge. We don’t have to convince God like a jury of our peers that someone is guilty. He knows what happened, and He fairly gives everyone what they deserve.

 

Unfortunately, everyone has sinned both against God and our fellow man. Thus, we all deserve to be punished. The punishment is death.

 

But, because God is also love, He sent Jesus to pay the price that our sins deserved. Jesus bore the wrath that justice required, and He did it because He loves us.

God’s love and His justice are not mutually exclusive. He is both. His justice shows us that He cares. Would we really love a God that tolerated evil and wickedness? I don’t think so.

 

Pray

Thank you, Lord, for your justice. Because you are perfectly fair, we can trust that You will always do right. Thank you for loving me enough to take the punishment that I deserved. Amen.


 

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God is a awesome God thank u God for ur love and justice give me more
It is never too late. Keep loving and forgiving others as God loves and forgives us. And remember to love and forgive yourself as well. ❤️
Thank you Lord for your love and just nature. Teach to know that you are a just God who watches over us.
AS long as you are still alive, it is never too late. Remember when JESUS was crucified, he forgave the man on the cross next to him saying "Today you will be with me in paradise." Believe in the LORD JESUS CHRIST and you will be saved - forever !!!
By what I've experienced in my life, I think God gives me more of his justice instead of his love. I'd like a break from this, thank you very much!
We excolt the Lord, we praise his name, We praise his great awesome.
Do you think the Lord forgives old people who have been long time sinners, and then decide to try to honestly change and be Godly and learn to love Jesus ? Is it too late?
Thank you Lord
Praise God !!!🙏🏾🙏🏾 Great teaching, from the word of God. Hallelujah 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾😁
We are holy as believers and forgiven even when we sin !! I have heard religion say that is giving permission for believers to continue in sin..not true although if one does sin there is a consequence for that action but not by the law of sin and death but by the New Convt. And by Jesus who gave us a spiritual transformation surgery in forgiveness of all sin and also a new obeident heart ,a new creation with Jesus , once for all Jesus put to death sin and death and says He remember our sin no more (Heb 8 and 10) so no longer a desire to sin , this knowing of not wanting to sin and forgiven when we do sin because of the Righteousness of Jesus , transformed with Jesus at the cross starts the New Covn't...amen
Thank you for today's devotional with what is going on in this country. Killing, destruction, hate, violance just knowing that GOD is with me always. I have stopped reading anything about these things and the election I have given it over to HIM.
Trusting God for everything. God is perfect at everything that he puts his hands on. We need to praise God in everything.
Thank You Lord for Your patience, Your everlasting love, and Your faithfulness. Even though I am a sinner, Lord, You love me. I pray my Lord that You will keep me near Your word and You will help me to act accordingly. In Jesus' mighty name I prayed. Amen
Thank you Lord for your love and forgiveness.
Thank You Lord for Your Grace, Mercy, Love, and Justice. I thank You for who You are. Because without You I am nothing. You are Holy and Just. I pray that You continue to lead me in the path of righteousness. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ I pray this prayer, Amen.
Thank you Lord for your justice, your patience, you love and for being ‘ever present in my life.❤️
Father may I never forget that you are a God of love AND justice
Lord Jesus, thank You that You are Holy and just. There's no favoritism with You, and You justly gives everyone what they deserve. Thank You for taking my punishment and giving me Your righteousness.
Thank u Lord for your grace and mercy. Amen 🙏🏽
Lord thank you for your Justice.
So true! Amen Father God
Jesus gave His life to save us. He deserves all the praise. Hallelujah!
If God was not just then we wouldn’t understand how great his love truly is for us who are his children through Jesus death and resurrection. When we take sin lightly we take Jesus death as not so important. Without Jesus death God would not be righteous! And we all wantGod justice for wrongs. Thank you Jesus for your loving sacrifice for all who believe! Amen
Praise be to God. Amen!
Amen god is good
Amen
Worthy is the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.
Good Word here. There must be a reverence for Gods ability not only to love but also his ability to judge and issue judgement......Every knee will bow down to the King of Kings.
Thanks 👍 so much. I love this post. I love the Lord and I'm seeking knowledge.