What do you with an estranged son? What do you do as a Father if your daughter is marrying someone you have good biblical reasons not to approve of? The interesting thing is that for all these difficult relationship questions God is far more just than we are and He is simultaneously far more loving. There are times when we should have disciplined our children in justice and we did not, we were lazy, we let it go, and didn't disciple. And there are times when our love was also deficient. Whereas God’s love knew no bounds. God is the perfect Father. He knows you and He loves you. A governor or president has the right to pardon criminals, and God the Emperor of the Universe has the right to pardon you unconditionally, if He so chooses.
Let's look at this story from the life of David to prove the point:
Unconditional Pardon is the right of kings (even Presidents) and is especially the right of God, but justice must be carried forth as well. The Bible tells us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for the ungodly...what the woman says in vs. 14 above is key, God is always indeed always devising means to bring back banished sinners! The primary means is the cross of Christ where every sin of God's elect people was paid for in full. No double jeopardy and no miscarriage of justice. Justice is served, mercy is given. If this story gets weird and complicated and you don’t know whether true justice or true mercy has been served, then good, the OT has done its job of pointing you forward to the perfection of Christ’s justice and mercy. Jesus said “Of all that the Father has given I will lose (how many?)..."none."
In Prayer Today:
Praise God that in Christ you have received unconditional pardon and mercy, but that justice is simultaneously upheld because of the cross (every sin must be paid for).