My God is a God of Judgment

People are fond of saying that God is a God of love. I certainly agree (1 John 4:8), but I disagree with what they generally mean when they say that.

These people often fail to understand that justice is not only integral to God’s character but also essential for His holy love. God wouldn’t be loving if He were not a just Judge who will account for every sin ever committed. If someone commits a horrible crime, we all want to see that person brought to justice. How much more does God want to see justice done?

Consider Psalm 9:7: “The LORD reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment.” And Matthew 12:36 says, “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.”

The Bible says that God is angry at sin (Romans 1:18). This becomes apparent when we look at what happened to Jesus on the cross. It pleased God the Father to unleash His wrath on Jesus (Isaiah 53:10), because Jesus took our sins on Himself.

If your idea of God doesn’t correspond with what the Bible says about God, you’ve made up a god to suit yourself. This is called idolatry, and is a violation of the second of the Ten Commandments.

Jesus is the only One who shed His blood for our sins, and He’s the only Way to get to heaven (John 14:6). You must repent and put your faith in the one true God—a God of love and judgment—to spend eternity in His holy presence.

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3 Responses to My God is a God of Judgment

  1. curtismchale says:

    But the God of judgement isn’t all clean and cuddly for me. Seriously, we do need to keep the two things in perspective and remember not to make the Bible and God sanitized to fit in our sensibilities.

  2. billphillips says:

    Curtis,

    Thanks for your comment.

    For born again Christians, God won’t judge us for our sins, as we’ve been forgiven. All we will experience is His love. But for non-Christians, all they will experience for eternity is His judgment. When we talk to non-Christians we need to present both aspects.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  3. MM says:

    Hi Bill,

    I noticed your comment on malpoet’s blog. I like this statement I just read in a book: An atheist can’t find God much in the same way a bank robber can’t find a police officer.

    MM

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