Justice or Mercy?


 

When disciplining children, parents are often apt to exact demanding attention to the wrongs of their offspring.  Even careful parents can examine the errors of their teenager as if perusing the fine details within the acuity of the fine lines of an electron microscope. We are instructing, we rationalize and no, we are not punishing, but merely correcting behavior and attitudes.

When correcting, we demand to be heard, to be listen to and finally, we insist on obedience.

Perhaps on worse occasions, and upon receiving a wrong from our friends or retailers or government official, we DEMAND justice!  Of course, we demand fairness and that fairness somehow or someway should either alleviate our problem or even benefit us directly over whatever needs exist to the other party.  Justice, we say is fundamental to being fair and impartial.

When our kids ask for forgiveness, or when our neighbor too request relief from our justice, we insist all the more for the letter of the law to be invoked on our behalf.

Yet, if an adult is corrected by another adult, justice somehow disappears from the equation.  Then, especially if we are in the presence of other adults, we express how slighted we are or how defamed we are when shamed in front of the witness of others.

If demonstrated our guilt, we plea our human frailty.  We insist that we are after all, only human and it is human to err. Naturally, we didn’t feel this way while correcting our kids or demanding justice from our neighbor, but there we are:  in full view to God and man demanding Mercy over Justice.

Thank the Lord for the nature of God.  Where we are ALL guilty of sin to Him, God in his Mercy grants us a full pardon upon request.

No, we don’t deserve mercy, we deserve every bit of Justice and the price of our sin would be death. At least part of the loving nature of God is His wonderful Mercy.  And in that way, as a member of His family we are to take on that loving, merciful nature and have it reflect to others.

Our Mercy should not exclude kids or those others even when the facts are stacked against them.  We should not insist on Justice but should adapt to the High Calling of Jesus, the Christ and forgive: an act of mercy.

Simply put, it means we should treat others the way we want to be treated.  And concerning the Justice part:  we are to turn that part over to God and His judgment. In everyday living, when faced with Justice or Mercy, we are to choose Mercy every time. This might be impossible in human terms, but with God, all things are possible.  Mercy is fundamental to the very nature, the essence of God.

When disciplining children, parents are often apt to exact demanding attention to the wrongs of their offspring.  Even careful parents can examine the errors of their teenager as if perusing the fine details within the acuity of the fine lines of an electron microscope. We are instructing, we rationalize and no, we are not punishing, but merely correcting behavior and attitudes.

When correcting, we demand to be heard, to be listen to and finally, we insist on obedience.

Perhaps on worse occasions, and upon receiving a wrong from our friends or retailers or government official, we DEMAND justice!  Of course, we demand fairness and that fairness somehow or someway should either alleviate our problem or even benefit us directly over whatever needs exist to the other party.  Justice, we say is fundamental to being fair and impartial.

When our kids ask for forgiveness, or when our neighbor too request relief from our justice, we insist all the more for the letter of the law to be invoked on our behalf.

Yet, if an adult is corrected by another adult, justice somehow disappears from the equation.  Then, especially if we are in the presence of other adults, we express how slighted we are or how defamed we are when shamed in front of the witness of others.

If demonstrated our guilt, we plea our human frailty.  We insist that we are after all, only human and it is human to err. Naturally, we didn’t feel this way while correcting our kids or demanding justice from our neighbor, but there we are:  in full view to God and man demanding Mercy over Justice.

Thank the Lord for the nature of God.  Where we are ALL guilty of sin to Him, God in his Mercy grants us a full pardon upon request.

No, we don’t deserve mercy, we deserve every bit of Justice and the price of our sin would be death. At least part of the loving nature of God is His wonderful Mercy.  And in that way, as a member of His family we are to take on that loving, merciful nature and have it reflect to others.

Our Mercy should not exclude kids or those others even when the facts are stacked against them.  We should not insist on Justice but should adapt to the High Calling of Jesus, the Christ and forgive: an act of mercy.

Simply put, it means we should treat others the way we want to be treated.  And concerning the Justice part:  we are to turn that part over to God and His judgment. In everyday living, when faced with Justice or Mercy, we are to choose Mercy every time. This might be impossible in human terms, but with God, all things are possible.  Mercy is fundamental to the very nature, the essence of God.

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