God’s Perfect Balance of Mercy and Justice

“To the cross, I look, and to the cross, I cling
Of it’s suffering, I do drink, of its work, I do sing
On it, my Savior, both bruised and crushed
Showed that God is love and God is just” – The first verse of Sweetly Broken by Jeremy Riddle

Need another reason to worship God? How about this: God knows how to perfectly balance both love and justice.

And, as Jeremy Riddle sings, it is at the cross where this is best expressed.

God sent Jesus to die because, as John 3:16 declares, He so loved the world.

Romans 5:8 reveals the reach of God’s love when it states that God loved us in even in our sinful state.

John wrote in his epistle these words that confirm the measure of God’s love toward us:

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:9-11)

Of God’s love Augustine wrote:

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. 

But the cross was also the place where God dealt with our problem of sin.

He didn’t seek to sweep it under the rug.

That wouldn’t be just.

Someone had to pay to satisfy God’s wrath. So God decided to do it Himself.

Job 34:2 says:

“Surely, God will not act wickedly, And the Almighty will not pervert justice.”

Although God is rich in mercy, His compassion will never cause Him to act unjustly.

Every thought and act of God is grounded in utter righteousness.

We humans have a lot harder time finding a balance between mercy and justice.

Some of us who have a more tender, responsive heart will sometimes pursue compassion at the expense of justice.

Some of us who have a more black-and-white, right-or-wrong view of the world can be so justice oriented we will miss out on prime opportunities to dispense mercy.

I don’t know if I’ve come across a human being who doesn’t tend to lean to one side or the other.

As imperfect humans, we have a tendency to drop one while trying to hold on to other. Clinging to both love and justice at the same time is incredibly challenging.

But when it comes to the simultaneous expression of love and exercise of justice, God is perfect. He nails it every time. He is fully loving and fully just.

No wonder John described Jesus, the physical manifestation of God, like this:

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

There you go. Just another reason (among millions) to offer God the worship He deserves today.


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