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“The Lord is a just and fair God.” <>< Dona (03/31/20)

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In Joshua 21 the Lord instructed the Israelites to designate cities of refuge. These cities were set aside for anyone who accidentally and unintentionally caused someone’s death.  They could flee there and find protection.  They would be safe until they could have a fair trial.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord You are a just and fair God.

Something to think about

We too have a justice system that is set up similarly.  Someone who is accused of causing someone’s death is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  And even if we truly believe someone committed a crime we must put them on trial and prove that they are guilt. 

My Personal Experience

In 1972 Roy, one of my younger brothers, was killed.  The two men who were responsible for his death didn’t get the punishment I thought they should.  Then one day, after I had become a Christian, I realized it wasn’t my place to decide the punishment for these two men.  And I let go of any thoughts of what I believed the two men deserved. I trusted God to be the judge.  The Lord healed my heart and gave me reassurance that my brother was with Him in heaven.   I’ve got peace that one day I will see him again.

Something to experience

Is there anyone for whom you need to stop being their judge and jury?  Someone who may have done something to you that you think you just can’t forgive them?  Consider this – the harm you are doing is far more damaging to you than them. Always forgive.  Sometimes you can’t reconcile with them because they’re not open to the suggestion or their lifestyle makes it impossible.  But you can still forgive them and decide they know not what they are doing (see Luke 23:34).

Prayer

Lord, thank You for making a way for us to be reconciled to You through Your Son (II Corinthians 5:20).  Lord, I pray we will repent and turn from behavior we know is sinful for then we will be saved (Romans 5:10).  Lord, I pray that we in turn will forgive others and if possible reconcile with them (Mark 11:25, II Corinthians 5:18). Lord, I pray we will reconcile and unite as one body with You, thereby putting to death hostility of any and every kind (Ephesians 2:16).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you be at peace with everyone around you.” <>< Dona