If you watch the news, you’ll notice that we’re obsessed with justice. Someone, somewhere is fighting for justice. Or we believe things are unjust – or unfair. And the Bible talks a lot about justice as well. Thankfully, we’re not subject to justice. If we were, we’d all be in trouble.
There are a three ways that God can deal with us. He can give us justice, provide mercy, or extend grace. You might ask yourself, how might you define each of those terms?
I once had a pastor that helped me understand the difference in easy to understand terms.
Justice = getting what you deserve.
Mercy = not getting what you deserve.
Grace = getting what you don’t deserve.
As an example, imagine you’re driving down the road and a police officer pulls you over for speeding.
In this case, justice would be getting a ticket.
Mercy would be the officer letting you off with a warning.
Grace would be the officer handing you a $20 and sending you on your way.
Because of the work of Jesus on the cross, we are offered grace – that is what we absolutely do not deserve.
Maybe next time you’re faced with the choice of offering somebody justice, mercy or grace, you’ll choose grace.
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