As believers, we know God is just. Our trust in the gospel and our hope in the gospel hinge to a large degree on His justice. And yet, we often find it difficult to live under God’s justice in day-to-day life. People wrong us. People hurt us. People reject us. In our flesh, we want to lash out, to get even, to administer our own justice. Often we feel vindicated in this desire, especially when we are wronged on behalf of Christ.
But Christ has called on us to put aside our desire for vengeance, not to pursue justice on our own but to trust in Him to bring about justice in His time and in His way. We may not see it today or even tomorrow, but we can know that justice is coming and we can rest in that. This is why Jesus told His followers to bear wrongs with patience and love—because we don’t have to worry about righting any wrongs against us. That is God’s role, not ours.
In what ways have you tried to pursue justice on your own instead of trusting in God’s justice?