Posts Tagged ‘justice’

Why does God put up with the vile perversity of this world?

Why does God seemingly turn a blind eye to massive oppression?

How does He justify withholding wrath from those who torment, exploit, or neglect the least of these that walk among us?

Where is swift judgment for any who would practice cruelty for sport?

What about the run of the mill liars, cheaters, thieves, adulterers, murderers … what about all of them?

Come to think about it … what about me? Why does God put up with me?

“But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost (of sinners), Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.” (1 Timothy 1:16)


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Have you ever come home bloodied by a bully? Do you know the pain of heartless torment? Can you remember enduring abuse, helpless against cruel aggression?

That kind of suffering scars the soul like nothing else. It’s confusing, humiliating, excruciating, enraging. Those afflicted this way are desperate for deliverance, but they want more. Vengeance seems a sweet antidote for injustice, a passionate plea made by the least of these.

Imprecatory prayers (as they’re called), cries for harm against one’s enemies are not forbidden, but neither are they encouraged. Perhaps they are allowed for the purpose of ridding our hearts of resentment. Venting the venom of retribution makes room for the miracle of mercy.

Our Father in heaven allows us to honestly unload our bitter baggage and assures us that He is more than able to exact justice with perfection. We can release our tormentors to God’s capable care and walk a path of restoration full of freedom and hope. In time, we might find ourselves praying again for our enemies … pleading with God for their welfare instead of their ruin. (Matthew 5:43-45)

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