Because God is Just and Merciful
Even if we feel unforgivable, God has chosen to forgive us.
We’re forgiven. If God is the Judge and if He has forgiven us, then we are forgiven. It’s a fact. We still have to deal with the consequences of sin, in this life, but we are ultimately forgiven. Ultimately free.
Let’s look at an example. If someone is convicted of a crime, he (or she) is held responsible under the laws of our state, our country. They may face jail time. Probation. Community service.
But even if we’re convicted of a crime, we might receive pardon. We might get to leave jail “early” and go on probation. The judge could pardon us, and we might even be forgiven by the people whom we had wronged.
Obviously our justice system is NOT perfect, since it is run by imperfect people. But God is perfectly just. He’s also perfectly merciful.
God is a just Judge because He punished our sin. Our collective sin, as humans, is SO serious that the punishment is death. God could either sentence us to death, or He could have Someone Else die in our place. He chose to send Jesus to die for us. So, Jesus took our guilt.
Once Jesus died for our sin, God’s justice was satisfied. The sin was paid for — in full. We don’t have to pay — now. We don’t have to be separated from God.
This means that God is merciful. He forgives us because He LOVES us. He gave mercy to us. We didn’t deserve it, because we were guilty of sin and rebellion against His holy standards and laws. But we get mercy because God gives mercy. God gives us hope, and He tells us to be just and merciful – like Him (Micah 6:8).
God’s justice and mercy guarantee our forgiveness, salvation, and reconciliation with Him if we choose to trust and follow Him!
Today, Let’s choose to put our hope in Him.