5 This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— 6 since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you,
2 Thessalonians 1:5-6, English Standard Version
No one likes to be punished. We learned very early in life that wrong deeds brought consequences we did not like. Sometimes we even like to accuse God of unfairness when we see judgment meted out.
This concept is so ingrained in our way of thinking that often justice is not served. The criminal may be brought to trial and found guilty, but what then? It seems as though the criminal's rights are more protected than those of the victim.
God would not be holy and righteous if He allowed sin to remain unpunished. Even though our sins, as Christians, have been forgiven, payment was made for them. Without the death of the Lord Jesus Christ as payment for the sins of His people, there would be no salvation!
God our Father is totally without sin; He cannot even look upon it. Remember the words of Christ on the cross, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" God could not even look upon His own Son as Christ bore the weight of sin upon Himself.
Why is this so important to understand? Because we have always lived in a world filled with sin, we cannot imagine a world without sin. Even the plants and animals have been affected by the sin of man!
As Christians, we must keep our eyes focused on the Lord Jesus Christ. He has brought us to a new plateau; one that will include eternal life in a perfect environment. Sometimes that thought seems so far away from us as we are absorbed by the duties of our life here on earth.
Take a moment today; reflect on the perfection of God, who brings vindictive justice as well as giving rewards when justice is served. Ask God to bring you a spirit of yearning for Him; a longing to be with the Lord, forever!
Remember, we are in the world, but not of the world.
God Bless You,