Punishment from God or Mercy from God?

Rise up, Judge of the earth;
pay back to the proud what they deserve.
How long, LORD, will the wicked,
how long will the wicked be jubilant?

Psalm 94:2-3

I was reading this passage in my face time with the Lord today and was really wrestling with it. The question that I was wrestling was…

How do you hold in tension the God who administers and justice and punishment on the wicked in this life and the God who extends his mercy to even the worst of sinners?

Don’t we want the oppressors of the poor, the rapists, the people who run the sex-trade industry, the mass murderers to be judged and punished? Yet do we also want the mercy of God to be extended to them as well?

Man… I am glad I am not God. I don’t know how to make those decisions.

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Phil Chan
Phil has been writing for over 15 years. His passion is to help people see God and to live a life that matters.

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