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Oct 06, 2019 | Devinion Valentine

Trusting God's Sovereignty

Romans 12:15-13:5

God is intimately acquainted with unjust suffering. We can trust both His hatred of injustice and His love and forgiveness. We need them both. 

We can even celebrate them both. But we must not emphasize one of God's attributes (justice) over another (love). 

Christians are bought by Christ's blood. The ransom for our lives is necessary because of God's justice; we are sinners and on account of us, Jesus had to suffer and die on the cross.

Yet, He is not surprised by injustice: He paid the price of justice on our behalf because we are unable to pay it ourselves. He did it for His glory, which is good.

As those who bear the name of Christ, we can look to Scripture for God's direction on how to consider and deal with injustice and forgiveness. We weep with those who weep under injustice, and rejoice for God's working of forgiveness.

Above all, we can trust that God is in control, and seek to live in peace with all.

Romans 12:15–13:5

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.

1 Peter 2:21-24

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

Colossians 3:12-15

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 

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