A thirst for justice lies deep within every human heart. This imprint reflects the Just God who created us in His image. However, because of the Fall and subsequent sin, mankind, as tarnished image-bearers, lacks the ability to judge impartially. Still our hearts cry out for justice, for wrongs to be made right, for retribution to be paid on behalf of offended parties, and for punishment to be meted out to the guilty.
The good news is that God supplies justice in full measure where humans fall short. Our God is just and unbiased. He always passed the right verdict. The bad news (for some) is that on the day of God’s ultimate judgment, He will judge “the secrets of human hearts.”
For next time, read Romans 2:17-29.
PP. 532-34 in the Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary/The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Abridged EditionPP. 97-103 in the New American Commentary.