Sunday, April 15, 2007

Lena Journals to Psalm 72 Today

What is justice?
When one gets what they deserve. Justice -The constant and perpetual disposition to render every man his due.
I’ve heard responses to the hearing of this definition, as “Oh that is good, really good, that way I’ll get what I really deserve!”
Wait a precious moment there, let me tell you, no matter how good you’ve thought you’ve been in life, or how much you’ve given to others, you DO NOT want to get what you deserve!
Romans 3:23 says to us, ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (or of the responsibility due to God)
There’s a glory due His wonderful and highly exalted name. (The name Jesus paid for our sins with, to have us be able to receive Him and have the ability to be responsible to come to know and submit our lives to Him in.)
If at all I were found guilty of was either sinning, or of taking and using His name wrongly, or of not regarding His name at all, and I were given justice due His name, I’d be up in smoke forever. BUT, if I have believed Him, and in His work available to me, and live for His kingdom to come now and forever, I can stand before His justice uprightly and without fear.
In Him, no fear- except of Him and keeping unto His.
Outside of Him great fear and dread.
grace = getting what you don’t deserve
mercy = NOT getting what you deserve
justice = getting what you deserve
These are so good to really think about.
Have you ever gotten what you do not deserve? Forgiveness is a grand example of this. To be forgiven a debt or the payment of a wrong done, is an amazing feeling. I love to see the sense a person has when they work so hard to diligently pay something off and a grace comes and says, forget it, it is finished, done! WOW!
THAT is something to make one jump and shout and whirl about, and be thankful in heart. It is also a time when the enemy comes to offer us pride once again, for that which humbled or humiliated us was forgiven, it’s no longer held to our account. We must watch and offer the same grace to others, or we’ll find ourselves in a worse state if we cannot or will not turn and extend what was given us so freely to others!
What about mercy?
I flubbed up bad, I should have to pay, and no one requires it of me. What a feeling of love would fill my heart, an attitude of gratitude can increase my value in a gift so freely given in my life.
God has so freely offered us to stand before Him in all 3: Grace , Mercy, and Justice! Are we oh so thankful? Do we realize the high price He paid so lovingly and so freely, for us to have these so readily available to us?
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.
Psalm 115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD's; But the earth He has given to the children of men.
We are stewards of His glory (responsibility & burden of God’s heart, what weighs heavy on His heart), of His possessions (not to be mistaken as physical possessions, but possessional treasure is people, most of all people - If one ever is concerned for the stewardship of things above people, they have missed it! Wrong turn, turn around now, quickly, and begin to nurture people at the expense of a few things.)
He has given stewardship of the earth to us! Through grace, mercy, and justice. What are we doing with it and about it?
This is NOT an environmentalist speech, this is about ETERNAL stewardship. It is about saving the souls of men and raising children and disciples to love God and love people to the saving of souls during the allotted time frame that we/they have here as stewards of God’s green earth.
Who do you think He’ll use to deliver some?
To save some?
To heal some?
To set some free?
To help some?
To rescue some?
(Of any who want to be rescued….?)
Remember -
Grace-When you Get What you Don't Deserve
Mercy-When you Don't Get What you Deserve
Justice-When you Get What you Deserve