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Justice balanced by compassion

posted Feb 20, 2015, 8:23 PM by Risen Christ   [ updated Feb 20, 2015, 8:24 PM ]
First Sunday of Lent
Justice balanced by compassion
Our God is a God of justice and compassion. In the book of Genesis, we see Abraham trying to hold back the wrath of God from destroying Sodom and Gomorrah by bargaining with Him. God's compassion allows Him to be "flexible" but it does not mean that God is wishy-washy and can be arm-twisted. At some point, justice kicked in and God ended up destroying Sodom and Gomorrah. In the story of Noah, also from Genesis, we see the same thing. When the world plunged into the depths of immorality, justice demanded that God send the rains to bring on the great flood. The destruction must have pained God as much as it pained the people who were affected by the floods. But God's anger is measured and He does not "lose His cool" as we sometimes do. After the flood, God's compassion kicked in and He promised that nevermore will the earth be destroyed by water. We are reassured that God is compassion and love, but we must never take God's love for granted.