Hi, this is Daniel from ForgivenFully.com, sharing with you the exclamation point of God’s forgiveness.
I love to watch true-crime documentaries. It’s assuring to see that with forensics these days, people really don’t get away with much. And it’s satisfying to see criminals convicted and then receiving a just sentence. But there’s perhaps nothing more frustrating than what seems like a miscarriage of justice – a criminal walks free on a technicality or receives a slap-on-the-wrist sentence.
Have you ever accused God of a miscarriage of justice? Are you reluctant to trust in Him or in anything having to do with Him because He seems blind to evil in the world?
The arguments usually sound something like this: ‘If God were so powerful…’ or ‘If God were so loving …’ or ‘If God were so just…’ or ‘If I were God, I would…’ And so it goes.
OK, so what should God do about the problem of evil to show that He is just? Wipe it all out? And where should He draw the line? Should He wipe out all doers of evil? What about those who speak evil? What about those who think evil? And what is evil anyway? Since God is the only one who is almighty, the only one who can deal with it, we best let Him define it. And He defines evil as anything that goes against God, anything that falls short of that perfect standard of love. …I am a part of the problem of evil in the world. If we want God to wipe it all out, that means you and I would be eliminated.
Don’t forget that God has set a Day when He will eliminate the problem of evil once and for all, the Day of Judgement. But He doesn’t want anyone to perish! He doesn’t want any of us to enter His courtroom alone and unprepared. If we have to answer for our sins, we have no answer. “But if anyone does sin, we have One who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, [that is, His sacrifice satisfies God’s justice] and not only for ours, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (I John 2:1,2) Jesus’ defense on our behalf is not, ‘Yes, she has sinned against you, but she really does love You,’ or ‘No, he’s not perfect, but he tries really hard.’ His defense, as He stands by your side, is this: ‘Father, I have loved and obeyed You perfectly on her behalf. I took his sins with me to the cross. According to Your promise, let the justice I suffered count for her; let the just life that I lived count for him.’ God’s justice is more than satisfying; it’s saving and life-changing! Trust in Jesus for the full forgiveness of all your sins. He is the One who lived and died and rose again to speak on your behalf.
Thank you for your time, and may God bless you with what you heard here today at ForgivenFully.com.
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Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.