God is love. God is just. God justly remembers his love. When writing to the suffering Christians at Thessalonica, Paul highlighted this reality.
Read 2 Thessalonians 1:1–12. Reflect on 2 Thessalonians 1:6–7a:
“God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well” (NIV).
When we experience great pain—and justice seems far out of reach—we often feel that God has abandoned us. But God sees the difficulties, the persecution, the suffering. God will ultimately call all to accountability. This will happen when Jesus returns to fully establish his reign on earth as it is in heaven (2 Thessalonians 1:7b–8).
At times in life, we may be tempted to seek revenge; or to somehow seek relief from our pain, apart from God. But we need not do so, because at Jesus’ second coming we will have justice (1 Thessalonians 5:15). We will find relief from all our troubles (Revelation 21:4–6).
While God offers abundant grace to all, and while no one is out of his reach, in one way or another justice reaches all. For those who believe in Jesus, it is not their sins that are counted but instead the sacrifice of Jesus in their place. For all others, the full manifestation of the justice of God will reach them (John 3:16–17; Revelation 20:7–15).
We must let God have his justice and not claim it as our own. We must look in the face of hate and answer with God’s love. He has the power to redeem both our enemies and us.
What justice have you desired that you should place in God’s hands? What should you let go of today and trust completely to God?
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