Chapter Nineteen

Let's Talk About It:  My Justice Works for Your Good

"The Lord isn't really being slow about His promise, as some people think.  No.  He is being patient for your sake.  He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but everyone to repent."

(2 Peter 3:9)

1.  What do you learn about the timing of God's justice in 2 Peter 3:8--10?  What do you learn about the ultimate enforcement of His justice?

2.  How do you respond when someone appears to "get away with" doing wrong?

3.  How do you respond when someone wrongs you?  Read Romans 12:19,20.  If God is going to take are of it, how should that affect the way you respond?  Why?

4.  Read Galatians 6:7--9.  In what ways could someone mock the justice of God?  Can you think of a time where you, in effect, "mocked" the justice of God?

5.  Justice reflects punishment owed for doing something wrong as well as rewards due for choosing to do what is right.  When you think of God's justice, do you primarily think of His punishment for sin or His rewards for faithfulness?  Why?

6.  Read 2 Corinthians 5:10.  What motivates you more:  the potential of reward, honor, and joy, or the potential of loss or shame?  Review your timeline from Chapter 1 and think about what motivated you most at each step along the way.

7.  How do we align our hearts, mind, and actions with God's justice?  (Read Philippians 4:8)

FOCUS ON GOD

Continue to review the statement and verse you wrote down last week, at least three times each day, to remind yourself that God is just, allowing them to become a part of your "continual conversation" with God.  Ask Him to help you align your heart, mind, and actions with His justice, but leave the final judgment to Him.

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God, because You are just,

I know Your justice will prevail.

"Everything He does is just and fair." 

(Deuteronomy 32:4)

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