The Love and Justice of God

In the course of time, the king of the Ammonites died, and his son Hanun succeeded him as king. 2 David thought, “I will show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent a delegation to express his sympathy to Hanun concerning his father. When David’s men came to the land of the Ammonites, 3 the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think David is honoring your father by sending envoys to you to express sympathy? Hasn’t David sent them to you only to explore the city and spy it out and overthrow it?” 4 So Hanun seized David’s envoys, shaved off half of each man’s beard, cut off their garments at the buttocks, and sent them away.
— 2 Samuel 10:1-4

What we get in this passage is a demonstration in the character of David of the Love and Justice of God. This passage goes on to describe how this disgraceful king attacks Israel and David and then David defeats him in justice, after attempting to show honor and love after the death of this rival nations king. 

People can often hold one truth in their minds, but push out another truth in the process, which is why people are drawn to extremism. But the converted mind is able to hold divine truths in tension and understand, emphasize and teach others both the love and justice of God.

What this means for us realizing that God offer mercy to the world first, but if they refuse his mercy, he will give them justice. We all deserved God's justice for sin (and we need to understand that God is justified whenever he meets out wrath against the wicked) but we should praise him for his mercy and be ambassadors of that message of reconciliation to the world!

In Prayer Today:

Praise God for his justice and love today.