The prophet wrote: "Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face." Psalm 89:14. All agree we serve a just and merciful God, all depend on His mercy, but shrink back when it comes to His justice. If He is just, then He must exercise His justice. In the same measure, He exercises His mercy. Those who look for God's mercy in overlooking their sin must also be aware of God's justice in judging sin. As the Psalmist declared,
"Justice and judgment are the habitation of Thy throne."
Without God's judgment and justice in our lives we continue in our old ways until our old ways consume our walk in God. When God's judgment is not active in our life, we begin to justify our sin. When we justify our sin, our heart is hardened against conviction, until we go our own way, do our own thing, and pray God in His mercy overlooks our disobedience to His Word and our rebellion to His way. Paul declared in his letter to the church at Rome:
"To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of Him which believeth in Jesus," Romans 3:26.
If our God is just, then He must be the justifier in our life. His conviction brings one of two things: repentance or chastisement. Those who have hardened their hearts before God and refuse to repent and turn from their disobedience and rebellion will suffer God's chastisement (correction). Unfortunately when chastisement comes, most blame it on the devil instead of seeking the face of God and desire to hear His voice. Chastisement will either soften or harden the heart. Those whose hearts are hardened will turn their face from God and curse their existence. This will bring eternal separation, all because they would not allow the justifier to establish His justice in their lives. Yes, God is merciful. He will give ample opportunity to repent. Those who refuse must remember the words of Paul:
"Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off." Romans 11:22
We can always depend on God's mercy. We can just as surely depend on His judgment and justice. May we continue in His goodness so we will not be cut off.
Vital Words to the Body of Christ Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give.
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