Often it is said that a loving God would not allow all the evil in the world to continue. That it is not fair that people suffer. And believe me, it does seem unfair. Suffering is hard, and the world if full of it. Even watching someone else suffer can be so painful.
But God is not unfair. He is too kind and too merciful and too loving and too just, to be unfair. If we say God should eradicate evil and the resulting suffering, then what about the sin and evil in our own hearts? No one is untouched by sin. Do we want justice for ourselves, too? Do we want what we really deserve?
A judge must do rightly. A just God could not simply forgive men for the sin they have committed. Think of the ‘worst’ sinner you can. A rapist? A mass murderer? A child abuser? Someone who has committed all these atrocities? If a judge says, “I am loving, so I will let this guilty man go free,” you would cry out for justice.
What if it was your sin on trial? Since every man is under the wrath of God because of sin, he must suffer the punishment of sin, which is death (Romans 6:23). Any sin at all is enough to separate us from God, so we are all guilty (Romans 3:23), and someone has to pay the penalty. God the judge must satisfy His own justice and appease His own wrath.
And God does just that! The good news is no sin is so big or so terrible that the blood of Christ will not cover it. God demands justice, and the grace of God provided it through the death of his only son Jesus, who was crushed for our sin. He was the spotless lamb. By this we know love! God sent his perfect son, Jesus, to take His wrath in our place, so that we could have forgiveness. So that we could have eternal life in his presence forever. So that we get what we don’t deserve. That is not fair! That is grace upon grace. It is mercy. This is the love our Father has toward us.
Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the LORD is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:18)
The Lord waits with patience to shower this grace upon you. If we acknowledge our guilt before Him, He commands us to repent of our sin and believe in Him (Mark 1:15), and we will be saved! Because of this, we have hope. In Christ, evil has been conquered. In Christ, suffering has an end. In Christ, death is just the beginning of life forever with him.
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10)