“Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come…” – Revelation 14:7
The judgments of God upon evil are sometimes skimmed over by us as 21st century Christians. We may consider them to be opposed to a God of love and grace, but that is not the case. Understanding God’s judgment is essential for Christian living.
First, understanding God’s holy judgment will give us a fear of sin as well as a fear of compromise. The deception of the false prophet isn’t half as convincing when we are able to see where it leads!
Second, understanding the inevitability of God’s judgment helps us to love our enemies and show mercy to them. Vengeance belongs to God and He will repay. We don’t need to carry bitterness or get even when faced with injustice. God’s perfect justice gives us freedom to love our enemies and even pity them, pleading with them to turn from the wrath to come.
Third, understanding God’s judgment helps us to better understand God’s love. Minimizing God’s judgment inevitably minimizes the cross where Jesus bore that judgment on our behalf. Jesus didn’t just shoulder a little of God’s anger so we could be saved. He endured in its awful entirety, God’s perfect and holy wrath against sin. He did so in love to secure our redemption.
Thus, understanding God’s judgment helps us understand God’s mission. Jesus came to seek and save the lost, and they truly need saving! When we minimize any aspect of God’s character, we insult God and rob ourselves of truths foundational for Christian living.
Suggestions for prayer
Lord, help me to praise You for Your holiness in judgment.
Pastor Greg Bylsma is a graduate of Mid-America Reformed Seminary, and he is currently serving at the Living Water Reformed Church in Brantford, Ontario. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at NTGDevotional.com.