Justice—due reward in accordance with honor, standards, or law
Mercy – compassionate treatment
Oh how we should want mercy instead justice! So many today are screaming that they want justice for things that have happened in the past when they should be so grateful that they don’t get justice. What we really want is mercy because no one is without sin. No one has done everything right no matter how good they think they are.
If we ever got the justice we deserve, we’d all be on our way to hell with no hope of redemption. BUT JESUS!
Yes, Jesus made a way for us to obtain the mercy of God and thereby the hope of eternal life through His sacrifice on Calvary. The Blood of Jesus forever satisfied the claims of justice and stamped ACCEPTED by the Supreme Court of the universe.
But, more than mercy is the Love of God, which is the very reason for His mercy. His love is so different from human, natural love because it’s unconditional love – the agapé love of God. If we’d all walk in His love, according to I Cor. 13, there would be no need for laws in the land because everyone would treat each other the right way. But alas, that’s just not so in the world.
However, we as the body of Christ, the Church, can operate in the God-kind of love and live a life worth living on planet earth. What a glorious place this would be! And the good part is that when we do, it’s the goodness of God working through us that leads people to repentance.
Romans 2:4b (KJV) 4 … not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (AMP) 4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].
What we see in these verses is how God acts and since we’re created in His image, that’s how we’re to act! Praise the Lord of Glory for His mercy and grace to walk in His ways and fulfill His plans and purposes for our lives.