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We all have a passion inside us for things to be “fair.” Where did that come from? We all agree that hurting an innocent child is wrong. Why is this universal? We believe that this passion for justice comes from God because God loves justice. But even though we desire for things to be fair for us, we don’t always extend that courtesy to those around us.
Justice and mercy are perfectly balanced in God’s character. We very much desire justice when we have been wronged, but mercy when we have done wrong. Paul David Tripp says, “It’s natural to want mercy for yourself but justice for others. It’s natural to be very aware of the sin others, yet blind to your own. If we are ever going to be people of mercy, we need bountiful mercy ourselves, because what stands in the way of our being a community of mercy is us.”
Jesus himself touched on this when He said, “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3)
As we go throughout our day, let’s ask ourselves are we as passionate about justice and mercy for others as we are for justice and mercy for ourselves?
“For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.” – Psalm 33:4-5