Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - Surrender The Judge (A Lesson in Grace)
Justice. I value it. As I should, for God does. BUT, "...Mercy triumphs over judgment." (James 2:13)
I want my judgment to be from God's perspective - to determine justice as God determines justice. HOWEVER, I think that in my striving for God's perspective, I'm trying to align it with what I see as God's "Ideal" portrayed in Scripture. That is good, EXCEPT, I think I play the Judge in determining the justice of a situation and that's NOT MY role. And as God is The Judge, HE looks at things through the lens of The Fallen World, whereas I am striving (in my judgement of justice vs. mercy) to make the world look like Eden.
The illustration that came to mind was a pair of glasses: it's as if one lens is Justice and one lens is Mercy. God looks through both and judges situations accordingly.
I tend to close one eye on the Mercy lens in order to uphold Justice to make the world look a little more like Eden.
BUT, we now live in the Fallen World and therefore God NEEDS to and does look at it more through the lens of Mercy. I think if I wanted to see more with God's "Post Fall" perspective, I will need to close the other eye and look through His lens of Mercy more often.
To surrender me being the judge of justice, means I get to be more like Jesus and live as a Giver of Grace.
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Abide in Love ~ Abound in Thanksgiving ~ Work in Joy...
Live Fully ~ Suffer Rightly ~ Trust Deeply ~ Bless Truly!
LISTEN & LEARN:
"Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths,
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."
~ Psalms 25:4,5