Friday, October 29, 2010

Justice Vs. Mercy

Websters 1828 defines justice as "The virtue which consists in giving to every one what is his due." In contrast it gives the definition of Mercy thus: "That benevolence, mildness or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves."

Justice and Mercy are two concepts that are normally in opposition to each other. In fact, it seems that they may be polar opposites; natural enemies, so to speak.

But there is one place where these two concepts meet and neither does violence to the other. That one place is at the cross of Jesus Christ! No other place is such perfect Mercy displayed than in Christ paying the penalty that is due for our sins, treating us far, far better than we deserve. And no where is such perfect justice upheld than in that same act of our Lord and Savior taking the punishment in our place, for without the payment, mercy would not have been possible; justice would have demanded that we pay our due.

Psalm 101:1 I will sing of mercy and justice; To You, O LORD, I will sing praises.

Something to ponder as we gather to worship our great God and King this weekend.


Anonymous said...

Great reminder! I have a friend who would respond to "How are you" with "better than I deserve." I will not forget that.

St.Lee said...

Thanks Mike.