COMPASSION, JUDGMENT, & THE GOSPEL

October 10, 2017

JEREMIAH 12:7-17

 

We go through seasons where we need our hearts to be healed. Healing is such a broad topic because it covers a range of areas such as physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. One thing I am realizing in my season of healing is that I cannot truly and fully be healed from relational wounds until I realize that it requires not only a restoration of my emotions but my view on people.

 

The Gospel resurrects our dead souls to a new living one but more than doing a personal transformation, what the Gospel restores is our vision and perspective about other people, God, and the world around us.

 

When it comes to wounds that come from relationships, you must not forget to address and ask the Spirit to heal the broken view you have of the person across from you because how you view them will be a reflection of how deeply you allowed the Gospel to penetrate your heart.

 

The cross of Christ was such a peculiar and powerful point in history because at one point and time, God’s wrath, judgement, grace, and forgiveness collided for a collision of the ages. Here we see God’s love and judgement on full display as we see a glimpse of  the destructive power of sin through the mangled flesh of Christ while the love of God was shown through arms stretched out to embrace a people who put him there. Yet it was because he was compelled by love that he went there.

 

God is in the business of restoration and it is not limited to only a certain group of people!

 

In Jeremiah 12:14-17, we see something that we haven’t seen up until now in that God offers restoration to not only Israel but to the very nations that started the corruption of His people.

 

“14 This is what the Lord says: “As for all my wicked neighbors who seize the inheritance I gave my people Israel, I will uproot them from their lands and I will uproot the people of Judah from among them. 15 But after I uproot them, I will again have compassion and will bring each of them back to their own inheritance and their own country. 16 And if they learn well the ways of my people and swear by my name, saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives’—even as they once taught my people to swear by Baal—then they will be established among my people. 17 But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy it,” declares the Lord.

 

God offer’s restoration to everyone so long as they abide by His ways and commit themselves to Him. Despite the rebellion and the stubbornness of people’s hearts, He to the very end will keep the door of restoration open. God opens the door but it will be up to us whether we walk through it or not.

 

As stated earlier, your true understanding of the Gospel is not simply knowing that you are forgiven but that others are forgiven as well when they choose Christ. Jesus tells us that we should never take vengeance in our own hands but that is a role that only God can fulfill perfectly.

 

WHY?

 

Sin and wickedness will always be punished in the end yet we are so quick to bring down judgment on people for any slight hand of disrespect or wrongdoing to us but why does God say not to seek judgment on people yourself? Because God knows the heart of people and who will be saved. A person will pay for their sins if they never come to a point of declaring Jesus as their LORD and Savior but if they profess later that Jesus is their LORD and Savior, than the price of their sin has been paid by the cross. Sin is still punished but it will either be the person themselves who pay or the Son and we in our limited view of life cannot be the ultimate judge of that. Therefore ultimate judgment must be laid upon the hands of the perfect judge that sees past, present, and future.

 

What do we do then?

 

Personally, we should seek justice but along the path of justice we must pray for hearts to be restored to Christ. When we look at criminals or wrongdoers we always like to characterize them as vicious animals that do not deserve mercy when in reality our perception of them should be through the lens of the Gospel where there is hope for restoration.

 

Today can we believe in the restorative power of the Gospel for ourselves and the people around us?

 

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