“‘Listen to me, my people. Hear me, Israel, for my law will be proclaimed, and my justice will become a light to the nations’” (Isaiah 51:4, NLT).
When people do terrible things to each other, we often hear the families of the victims call for justice. But when we say we want justice, what we really mean is we want someone to be punished, and usually severely. It’s a normal reaction to being wronged and understandable from our limited human perspective.
We don’t understand justice from God’s point of view, but we can be pretty sure it’s a far cry from we think it should look like. God’s justice is a perfect light that shines on everyone, just like the sun. It is always paired with righteousness, which is another hard word to pin down as it’s usually paired with “self.” God’s justice and righteousness are pure, perfect and always rooted in love because he is love. One day we’ll understand and love justice as much as he does and everyone will live in its light.