Saturday, September 09, 2006

The Flip Side of Forgiveness

The images of Jesus as judge can be frightening, the thought that we will stand before him and the video of our life will be played back before Him, so He can render proper judgement upon us.

But is this love? Wouldn't love just forgive, and not judge? This might tickle the ears of some, but one forgive ONLY if they can judge. A jury must have the option of finding guilt for a finding of innocence to be valid. An athlete must face the possibility of defeat for victory to have meaning. And Jesus must be our judge; it's the only way he offer us forgiveness.

4 comments:

Cami said...

Our God IS an all-consuming fire, and He has my leave to burn me right up! He is certainly the only righteous Judge!

I.I. said...

amen for "righteous" -- now that is good news!

Francine said...

Ahhh ... I've been away too long. These recent posts are powerful ... the kind to make us really think. Too often I'm guilty of only viewing my life through the lense of "forgiven" as opposed to the grittier lense of "sinner." Thanks for the reminders. As always, great writing.

Rose said...

"A jury must have the option of finding guilt for a finding of innocence to be valid. An athlete must face the possibility of defeat for victory to have meaning.?

Wow.. I never thought of that..that's good stuff!