Many assume that mercy and justice are at odds as if these are two opposing things, and therefore two opposing characteristics within God. That God “desires” to have mercy, but he is bound to “justice” because of his “holiness.” A dichotomy within the very being of God. Such thinking is based on an wrong understanding of God’s justice influenced by Justitia (Lady Justice) rather than the Bible. Looking at the OT, Jesus, and Paul this article will show that God’s justice is restorative in its nature and therefore consistent with God’s love. God’s restorative justice is an expression of his love and not a quality contrary to God’s love.
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