Justice and mercy

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Think a minute…Have you ever missed a bus or plane because you were just a little too late? Recently I had to catch a plane for a very important meeting, so I got to the airport early and waited for the announcement to board the plane.

The announcement never came. When I finally went to the gate, I was shocked to see it was closing and the airplane engines had started! I panicked and tried to get the airline worker to let me on.

I had nothing to lose and was desperate so I told her I wasn’t asking for justice, I was begging for mercy. Well, she did not give it to me.

You know that terrible feeling when you’ve done something wrong and you know you deserve to suffer the consequences? Every religion, except Christianity, has certain rules or rituals and good deeds that people must do to try to earn their god’s forgiveness for their wrongs.

Some religions even make people torture and punish themselves to pay the penalty for their own wrongs. 

But Jesus Christ showed that there is absolutely nothing we can do to earn or deserve God’s forgiveness for all the wrongs we’ve done. Not even our religious prayers, duties, and deeds come close to paying our debt to Him for all our sins.

We don’t need justice, we need mercy! None of us can ever reach God’s standard of perfect goodness in everything we think, say, and do.

That’s why God the Son became a human being to do it for us. Jesus said that our only hope is His mercy, because He has already paid the penalty for all our sins by giving His own perfect life for us on the cross. We just have to ask and believe that He will give us His free gift of forgiveness and new, eternal life.

Then we can start life all over again, loving Him and living His right way that He plans for us to enjoy. So today, won’t you ask Jesus for His free gift of forgiveness and new life? Then ask Him to start changing you so you can live His successful and satisfying way He created you for. Just Think a Minute...

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