CQ Plus July 6-12 2013

God’s Righteous Judgment

Preface: “ ‘If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!’ ” (Matt. 7:11, NKJV).

I like to think of God’s judgment in light of the cross. Man sinned; the law said man had to die.
God loved; He died in man’s place. That was God’s judgment call: paying the sin price for all humankind (John 3:16). What a concept that love and judgment could be packaged as a single, incredible gift—the gift of redemption!

Understanding what this gift of infinite love truly means will have a profound impact on our entire lives. Our view of God and His righteousness will be viewed through this sacrifice of love. The natural result: fulfillment of Christ’s mandate to “love each other just as much as I love you” (John 13:34, TLB).

We will love God with all our hearts and our neighbors as ourselves. According to Matthew 25:34, our lives will reveal God’s love by:

1. Feeding the hungry. Who are they? People in a foreign land? Perhaps. Or maybe it’s the scruffy kid down the street who would love a home-cooked meal.

2. Welcoming a stranger. How about the student needing a place to stay until a residence is found? Or the desperate woman seeking refuge from an abusive husband?

3. Clothing the naked. Secondhand clothes will never be turned down by the naked or the family who can’t quite make ends meet. And what about the neighbors who were burned out last week?

4. Caring for the sick. Does anyone have an aged parent, aunt, or uncle who needs care?

5. Visiting those in prison. We would rather forget, wouldn’t we? Yet they are someone’s son or daughter, father or mother. Do you know of anyone imprisoned?

When we have seen God’s righteousness revealed and His judgment exercised through the gift of His Son, who paid the sin debt in our place, how can we not reveal His righteousness in a tangible way to those around us? We don’t have to go far to find those who need God’s righteous judgment revealed to them.

Some of us are like Thomas. We need to see and touch the scars in order to believe God is who He says He is. We need tangible evidence that God is righteous and His judgments fair. So do others.

REACT
1. What is God’s righteous judgment?
2. How does God reveal His righteousness to us?
3. How can we reveal Him to others?