We seek justice in all aspects of our lives. When we were children, we sought justice. Do you remember the games you played as a child? Do you remember saying or hearing the following statements?
a) That’s not fair.
b) You cheated.
c) That’s against the rules.
All of us think we want justice. But most of the time, we simply want what other people get. We don’t care if we have more than other people. We care if they have more than we have.
Our American justice system is a God-ordained institution. All of us know it is not perfect. It can be used for good, and we see “justice served”. But on the other hand, it can be abused by lies. Truth falls to second place due to legalistic rhetoric or “strategies” designed not to search for the truth, but to get a client off at any cost.
Yet, do you and I really want justice? Do we want God’s justice? If we received what we deserved, we would be spending eternity in Hell. Our great God sent His own Son so we wouldn’t have to be punished. Jesus bore the heavy burden of Calvary’s cross for us, and the debt of our sin was paid.
Instead of justice, we received mercy.
Have you thanked God for His mercy lately? Express your gratitude today and choose to show mercy to others as God has shown it to you.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.