I thought this to be an excellent article regarding this subject matter and how the postures of our hearts should be.
I'll let you get right to reading this, but I will say: God is both a God of Justice and Mercy.
Be encouraged to pray and seek His heart as things start to to be uncovered on a large scale. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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For those who have prayed for justice for a long time, we must be careful not to let our feelings dictate our praying.
[IFAPray.org]¬†Father, You have shown us what is good and what You require of us. You work in us to will and do Your good pleasure—help us do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with You. (Image: via Intercessors For America)
I recently had a dream about justice being handed down. While I won't divulge too many details, it was a former high level official being exposed for his crimes. In one dream, I watched his arrest unfold on television, which means the world was also watching. This was not my first dream surrounding this incident. In recent dreams, I have seen this person exposed for corruption and shady dealings. I believe we are to continually pray for justice, and what is about to come. However, in these dreams I mentioned, something else stood out to me. It was his posture. As he was exposed before the world, I saw a great shame and even what I sensed to be remorse for his actions.
After waking up, I prayed over these dreams. Now with connections to the Michael Flynn case, dossier, and more to possibly be uncovered, I feel like¬†the¬†Lord laid this on my heart.
His people must remember that He is the God of both justice and mercy. How can two things that seem opposite to one another be? The answer is found in Jesus Christ.
God is both a righteous judge and a merciful God. We were once guilty before God. Sin separated us, and the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Justice would've given us an automatic death sentence; we were rightfully guilty in God's sight. Until Jesus paid for our sins. We did not get what we deserved. That is also called mercy. (Photo via IFA)
Jesus Christ's death on the Cross combined both, and His resurrection gives us the power to live a life of justice and mercy.
If we do see arrests handed down, I believe that our reaction as¬†Believers¬†should be not only justice, but mercy as well. Each time I saw the former official, I didn't just see the person who was guilty. I saw a soul that Jesus Christ died to save. The Bible says that God is able to save those to the uttermost who come to¬†Him¬†(Hebrews 7:25). No matter what crimes they've committed, no matter what race, gender, or political party. He is able...to the¬†uttermost, no¬†matter how far off they are from¬†Him. They still have a chance to repent and cry out for salvation. While you are praying for justice to come to the guilty involved, pray that they would come to know Jesus Christ as well.
For those who have prayed for justice for a long time, we must be careful not to let our feelings dictate our praying. Two examples in the Bible are found here. We may sound like James and John in Luke 9:51-56 in their zeal telling Jesus,¬†"Do you want us to call fire down on them?"¬†James and John had zeal, but lacked wisdom. They thought calling down fire on those who rejected Jesus was what¬†He¬†would've wanted, but instead Jesus answered, and said,¬†"The¬†Son¬†of man did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them."¬†We may end up bitter like Jonah. He was angry when¬†Nineveh¬†repented at their sins. He felt¬†Nineveh¬†did not deserve God's mercy. He wanted to see God's judgment poured out on them. God spoke to Jonah concerning his nature of mercy.
I believe Micah 6:8 gives us a blueprint for how to walk out justice and mercy and demonstrate the character of Christ:¬†He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly (justice) and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Thank God that¬†He¬†is a God of justice. Things may not happen as quickly as we want, or how we desire, but that doesn't change who God is. (See Isaiah 55:8,9 Isaiah 33:22, Job 12:22.)
Thank God for¬†His¬†mercy and be merciful. Remember each person, even the guilty, is a person Christ died to save. (See 2 Peter 3:9, Psalm 86:5, Psalm 145:8.)
Walk in humility.¬†As the days pass and more is revealed, we must maintain a posture of humility. The opposite of humility is pride, and God detests pride. Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn¬†His¬†wrath away from them. (Proverbs 24:17,18.)
I will close with a quote from Patricia King that I love: "Even the most wicked sinner, is one revelation away from Jesus Christ." Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here
How are you praying for the officials whose misdeeds are being revealed by the uncovering of the cover-ups?¬†
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