Love, judgement, mercy. Merci.
When we think of judgement we somehow smuggle it in to fit into the idea of revenge. That someone should die painfully for what they have done. This is not the biblical view of gods judgement. If God is so loving, why doesn’t he just forgive us completely?
What does it mean when the bible says God love is for us and will not forsake us?
You see the word love, does not exist in the absence of judgement, only in the presence of it.
True love does not exist in the absence of judgement, true love exist only in the presence of it.
It is not until someone truly knows you, knows all of you, and knows all of your shortcomings, that true love can actually exist. Think about it, who truly loves you, and who do you truly love? I dare to say it is only your mom, dad, brothers/sisters, spouse, children, and a few very close friends.
That is how God loves his people. He knows his people. He loves them.
Jonah complained that God was too gracious and too compassionate.
If you are moved to say in the face of racism, that is wrong, or moved to say in the face of poverty, that shouldn’t be so, yet you are not moved to do anything about it, or make no action to change the issue, you do not have compassion for the racism or poverty, you simply have a moralizing judgement. Compassion comes from a response, a response to a call for action from a moral judgment you deem wrong, or at least not how things ought to be.
Well, God is gracious and compassionate, he looks into the depth of every human heart and sees the hatred, the lies, the thieving, the wickedness, the lust, the pride, the greed, the covetness, the grief, the sorrow, the pain, the suffering and says that is wrong. Not only does he make a judgement but he is moved by the inner depths of his being, his omniscient, omnipotentence that created the entire world and everything in it, to do something about it, and that, my friends, is the cross.
Why doesn’t he simply forgive us?
Whenever you extend mercy you always do it at the expense of judgment.
Is it possible for justice to be fulfilled, forgiveness to be offered, all met with repentance? Only at the cross.
God exercises his mercy, not at the expense of his judgment, but through it. This is why we talk about justification through faith. This God who loves us, has, even though we are at enmity with him, come into this world in the person of Jesus Christ and pays the price for what we have done wrong.