The justice and righteousness of God
by Gini Crawford, MSW
If you have studied sociology, you will notice that all societies do punish their perception of wrong. Societies have found people's behaviors, whether good or bad, influence them. This has led them to make laws and punish certain behaviors a certain way. I think all would agree lawless behavior in a society, tends to mushroom and bring about devastating consequences. Just think about how hard it is to live in a neighborhood full of crime. However, sometimes the justice in societies is un-just from God's perspective. God's justice is always right, and it is never corrupted, distorted or unfair like human justice can be.
God never wanted to punish us! Instead He wants to pour His love upon us. You might be wondering why God does punish us. We know God is God, and that He has the power to do anything He wants to do. Does this mean He really wants to punish us? No! The Bible says that God told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He did not want them, or us to die! He created us to be with Him, not to be dead to Him. However, since justice and righteousness are His characteristics, He has to fairly and rightly deal with all disobedience. If He did not He wouldn't be just or righteous. God is also unchanging, so His righteousness and justice do not change. Let's look at God's righteous and just nature.
Have you ever been unfairly treated? Have you ever done something right but no one seemed to care? Remember, God knows the situation and sees everything. He rewards righteousness because He is just. However, because He is just, He must punish unrighteousness and sin. If you are still questioning why God punishes sin, look at it this way. Since God doesn't want to punish you for your sin, He came down from heaven to take the punishment for your sin upon Himself when He died on the cross. He did this so you can have His righteousness, and to satisfy His just anger against your sin. What fairness! What love! 2 Corinthians 5:21 says,
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. NASB®
Read about God's righteousness and justice from Exodus 34:6-7, Deuteronomy 32:3-4, and Micah 6:7-8. What does God being righteous and just mean to you? We can only be righteous and truly just through a relationship with Jesus Christ! So as a Christian we can be just and do righteousness. Read Romans 3:21-26 and Philippians 1:9-11.
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