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Justice, Mercy, and Grace

As sinners and flawed mortals, which would you choose — God’s justice, mercy, or His grace?

Webster’s dictionary’s definition are as follows:

  • justice — we get what we deserve
  • mercy — compassion shown especially to an offender
  • grace — generosity shown by God to man; especially divine favor unmerited by man

The Bible states:

  • Do not judge or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Matthew 7:1)
  • Do not be deceived:  God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7)
  • Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written, “It is mine to avenge.  I will repay.” (Romans 12:19)
  • There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.  What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roof tops. (Luke 12:7)

If God can bring Ted Haggard — former New Life Church leader of 30 million people — to his knees, exposing his three year sexual relationship with another man PLUS his involvement with crystal meth — He can bring justice in ways no mere mortal can.

I’ll leave judgment in God’s hands.

If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on this head.  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:20-21)

I don’t want to mess with God’s wrath.  I seek His mercy and grace.

Overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)

I better get busy.

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February 16, 2009 - Posted by | Attitude, Body, Change, Christianity, Compassion, Education, God, Heart, Introspection, Love, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Stress | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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