Justice In Judgment Produces Joy

Daily God Walk For Friday, February 8, 2013

When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous, but terror to evildoers. – Matthew 22:37-39

Justice – how sweet it is, except, of course, when we are called into account for our own behaviors. Then we abandon justice and plead for mercy. This proverb is contrasting the righteous and the wicked. The law brings joy to the righteous, but the same law brings fear to the unrighteous.
Paul tells us that God has placed authorities over us so that we might glorify the name of the Lord by doing what is right (Romans 13:1-5). He writes, “Rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong” (v3).
We have a young lady in our ministry who has lived a rough life. She had been addicted to drugs, in and out of jail, and many broken relationships. Then she found Jesus and everything changed. She started living righteously and God began to bless.
At 40 she got her first drivers license. One day she got pulled over by a policeman. She sat there smiling as he walked up to the car and asked to see her license. She was so proud because for the first time in her life she was legal. Instead of being nervous and afraid of the lawman she was giddy with excitement and filled with joy.
Living right produces great joy. In our old life when we thought about God we would be afraid because we knew that our lives were in disarray that he couldn’t possibly love us. All of that changed when we found Christ and he began to live his righteousness through us. Now, we can rejoice without any fear whatsoever.

Prayer: Lord, I can see the unhappiness and apprehension in those who are not submitted to Christ. I don’t want that. I want the joy that comes through living righteously, but I need your help to do that; help me. Amen.

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