Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Attributes of God- Justice!

Justice.  This word has become something that we hear a lot on TV and in the media.  Especially now that we televise trials for major cases (they are all major if they involve you or a family member).  Will he/she be served justice?  Will the justice system fail?  Do you agree with the justice system?  Do you work for the justice system? 

Do we often use the word Just or Justice for the attributes of God.  God Is Just!  ABSOLUTELY!  Do we understand it all the time?  Do we agree with Him?  This can be a tricky and somewhat hard to understand at times.  So let's take a look at it and see if we can see His attribute.  First, definition. 

The quality of being just; conformity to the principles of righteousness and rectitude in all things; strict performance of moral obligations; practical conformity to human or divine law; integrity in the dealings of men with each other; rectitude; equity; uprightness.

The rendering to every one his due or right; just treatment; requital of desert; merited reward or punishment; that which is due to one's conduct or motives.

The Lord is just.  He has set up the laws that we are to live by.  There is a reason for those laws.  He set them in place for our good.  They are there that we may live with one another and be in relationship with Him.  Are we perfect and live by each law and never break them or sin?  I don't think so!  Here is where things can be different for the Believer.  Yes, we break the "rules".  Yes we can be forgiven by asking for forgiveness from Him and repent by going in a different direction.  Yes, there still maybe consequences for those laws/rules that were broken.  Lets look at children.  If you are parent, this may make more sense.  Your child disobeys you by doing something you specifically told them not to do.  You find out about it.  He asks for your forgiveness.  You forgive him for what he did but the consequences of a grounding still come into play.  Maybe that makes a little more sense.  We are His children.  We are forgiven!  We serve a just God!!!!

Scripture Back Up......

  • Genesis 18:25 — Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
  • Exodus 34:6-7 — The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children to the third and the fourth generation.
  • Nehemiah 9:32-33 — However You are just in all that has befallen us.
  • Romans 9:14-33 — What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God?
  • Psalm 99:4 — The King's strength also loves justice; You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
  • Romans 1:32 — Who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
  • 1 Peter 1:17 — The Father... without partiality judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear.

    God is just.  He loves you.  He is our Heavenly Father!!!!!  Would love to hear from you.....


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