“The LORD our God is just in everything He does.” Daniel 9:14
Justice. When you are falsely accused, justice is your hope. But what happens when justice is twisted and the facts manipulated? Four young men from Chicago learned the hard way.
They had no history of violence when they were convicted of kidnapping, rape, and double murder. The bullet-riddled bodies of a young couple were found on May 12, 1978. Acting on an anonymous telephone tip, the police arrested the four suspects. They claimed innocence, but news reports declared the crime had been solved. The men were convicted, and two were sentenced to death row. Appeals failed; all looked hopeless.
In September 1981, a tattered envelope arrived at the offices of the Chicago Lawyer magazine and the wheels of justice began to turn…for real this time. That letter led Rob Warden, editor and publisher of the Chicago Lawyer, and Dennis Protess, professor at Northwestern School of Journalism, to investigate the case. They uncovered substantial evidence that ultimately exonerated the four convicts.
Finally, on July 2, 1996, Judge Thomas Fitzgerald ended the defendants' fight against an unjust sentence by reading, "All the convictions are vacated." The four prisoners were free! The next day, the state attorney's office charged the real killers.
Justice is a pillar of any society. It vindicates the innocent and punishes the guilty. All too often though, this standard is compromised for personal gain. Corrupt judges sometimes tilt the scales of justice; unscrupulous lawyers manipulate laws and juries; witnesses lie. Truth is often distorted to benefit one side or the other.
Many people mistakenly believe they can manipulate God's justice. But oh, how wrong they are! God’s justice is pure, unchanging, faithful, sovereign and all-powerful. He can’t be manipulated. Ever.
Your View of God Really Matters…
Imagine for a moment a God who is perfectly just, but not merciful.
Now imagine a God that is loving but not perfectly just.
Now imagine a God who is both perfectly loving and perfectly just.
Today, spend time thanking God for His perfect justice, love and mercy. Ask Him to help you extend justice and mercy today.
Read God’s Word Today…
Micah 6:8 NLT “No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
GOD, because You are just I know Your justice will prevail.
Based on the writings of Bill Bright
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