Justice and Mercy Both Win at the Cross


God showed me something this morning. I was driving to a doctor’s appointment and listening to a song on the radio. The song reminded me of a Scripture verse I’ve been thinking about recently, James 2:12-13,

So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. ~ James 2:12-13, NKJV.

What I realized was, at the cross God got the justice He required for humanity’s sin because Jesus bore the punishment for our sins by dying for us. But God isn’t only a just God, He’s also a merciful God; two of His attributes are justice and mercy, not just justice. And at the cross God required justice, but He also desired mercy for His dealings with mankind. So He got justice by allowing Jesus to bear the punishment we deserved, and then gave us His mercy and grace as a free gift instead.

How cool is that?!

Instead of the justice and punishment we deserved, we got the mercy and grace we didn’t earn ~ and sonship! We became sons and daughters of God because we were adopted into the family of God!

All we have to do is receive His free gift of salvation by faith. We don’t have to be good enough, or clean enough, or anything enough. All we have to do is confess with our mouth and believe in our hearts according to Romans 10:9-10,

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. ~ Romans 10:9-10, NLT.

It doesn’t seem like a fair exchange, does it? Maybe that’s because it’s not, but who am I to argue when I get by far the best end of the deal! I mean, all God gets is little ole, imperfect me. And I get Jesus Christ as a big brother, and saved, and redeemed, and the whole Kingdom of God, and Heaven, and a relationship with God, and EVERYTHING!!

Such a deal!! It absolutely boggles my mind, and fills me to overflowing with such gratitude that I can hardly think straight!

Thank you, Jesus!!

About sarahjesusnlily

My name is Sarah Abigail Kuriakos. I come from a background of extreme child abuse, and it almost destroyed my life. My mother tried to kill me while I was an infant, my father threatened to kill me if I told anyone what he was doing to me, and I tried suicide nine times as an adult. Fortunately, God had other plans, and none of the attempts on my life succeeded. The purpose of this blog is to chronicle the progress I'm making as God heals me from my childhood, while making sure that God is glorified in the process. I'm a voracious reader, and I enjoy crocheting, doing counted cross stitch, and creating art. I also enjoy playing with my cat Lily, listening to Christian music, and watching movies. My favorite books are, first and foremost, The Holy Bible, then Jane Eyre, David Copperfield, The Count of Monte Cristo, and To Kill a Mockingbird. I also love Christian apologetics. The most important thing in my life is knowing and serving Jesus Christ, and telling people about His great love for them. People need to know that God loves them!

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  1. Hello Girls,

    Sorry I have been MIA lately. There isn’t much of an excuse, just sometimes I need this emotional back off and recharge because it’s like I get filled up with all this gunk and I have to wait for God to release all of it before I can move on. More often than not, it is during a seasonal transition. Since the Terri Schiavo thing, Easter of course tends to be one of those times.
    But the good thing, is the Spirit usually ends up teaching me some things and Sarah I think this year it is along the lines of some of things you have been talking about.

    You know how its hard to take what God puts in your head as one big piece that makes total sense, and break into small pieces so that you can make every part discernable to the outside? It’s kind of like trying to make a global map, right? How do I quantify this? How do I make it understandable? Am I suppose too?

    Sarah I think your title Justice and Mercy both win at the Cross is a really good summation of what the Spirit is saying.

    This time it was about our old friend Calvinism and Sovereignty. I was thinking about that Sovereignty argument, you all know how it goes……..and The Spirit distinctly said “The Sovereignty is in the Cross” and when I heard that, all this stuff just started tumbling in my brain and I saw that Calvinism is really the other end of the ‘Name it Claim it’ spectrum. It’s the same, idea just a different tune. WOW, how the heck to begin to unpack this. Should I? or is this just for me? I haven’t heard that part, but we 4 have been such so tight in our battle against this theology, I thought I would throw it out there.
    Now please don’t get me wrong, I am not saying I have some scholarly answer to every Calvinistic question or that God ‘revealed’ to me this solution of this 1000 year argument, just that He gave me some of what I needed to speak with some coherence to people when confronted on this subject. ( I think, my mind tends to scatter like silverfish when the lights turn on these days, so that’s a hopefully……I remember 😉)

    Also reading what you wrote about God and Harry is a hard thing Sarah, and forgiveness is a divine thing, but forgetting is a different thing and flash backs are horrific. How many do you have to suffer just to try and be hygienic? What a living nightmare for you. What a wonderful thing, GOD THE FATHER, revealed HIMSELF to you, that you know there is an adopted FAMILY cheering you on through this life, this life of yours which is a marathon, not a leisurely stroll. But how proud God must be of you, I can’t even imagine.
    This may sound weird and hopefully not trite, but my friend Diane and I took the dogs on walk/hike last week. She took Odin, since she is the dog breeder and was helping me train him, I took Valkyrie since she is such a good girl and likes her walks, while Odin who is now nicknamed ‘Flash’ tries do everything at once. She had him settled down in about 5 minutes (show off). Well then of all things Valkyrie started acting up and tugging on the leash and wanting to lead, so she took Valkyrie and was trying this technique on her. Well one of the things you do when the dog crosses over your path is to give them a tap with your foot to send them back over to the correct side. I happened to look when Diane tapped Valkyrie to get her back on the left side and I saw the look on Valkyrie’s face (Diane didn’t kick her hard) and she had a total flash back. She sat down and looked at Diane with such betrayal in her eyes and she was not going to get up for anything. I had to tell Diane, to remember because of Valkyrie’s past you can’t get physical with her at all. There are things, we don’t forget, but interestingly Valkyrie looked at me and Diane gave her hugs and kisses and told her she was a good girl and Valkyrie realized she was safe and she got a up started walking again with Diane holding the leash. I really did not want to take the leash, as I did not want Valkyrie to learn to be afraid.
    I am so glad you realize with God you are safe and that you can keep moving forward. There may be times when you need to sit down and think something through, but with God you will always move forward again and that is a miracle in this realm, not waiting for Heaven, but here and now. Thank you very much for sharing. And thank you for waiting for me.

    I hope all you girls are doing well and Rachel, your graduation is coming up, isn’t it? I wish I was going to be there; we were supposed to head your way this Spring and it’s not panning out. So much stuff, darn it. My niece is still trying to make it happen, she is texting me all the time. Have someone take pictures so we can see. I want you to know I am so very proud of you. What an accomplishment!!!! Sending you a 5000 mile high 5 🤚

    Helen how are you feeling these days, it’s been almost a year since Wes got a hold of us, shudder, we are so glad you are still working so diligently to get better, and I bet you are getting ready for a very nice Easter. I have to say you have me cooking Asian food like a fiend now, its all I am craving anymore. Although I have to cut out a lot of the sugar. The nearest Asian market has been selling me the scraps of fish meat for the dogs, for only a 1.00 a pound and the 2 canines are very grateful 🥳. They had Salmon for dinner last night, Luke and I had Clam chowder and Peter had peanut butter and jelly (cause he wouldn’t eat the clam chowder). So the dogs ate better than the rest of us lol.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend girls, it snowed here again today boo

    Love Kim

    From: God’s Not Through With Me Yet
    Reply-To: God’s Not Through With Me Yet
    Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 8:59 PM
    To: Kim Anunson
    Subject: [New post] Justice and Mercy Both Win at the Cross

    sarahjesusnlily posted: “God showed me something this morning. I was driving to a doctor’s appointment and listening to a song on the radio. The song reminded me of a Scripture verse I’ve been thinking about recently, James 2:12-13, So speak and so do as those who will be judgen “


  2. Thanks for your kind thoughts, Kim. I always appreciate what you have to say. It’s always so very insightful!

    You know, it never occurred to me that Calvinism could be the opposite end of the same spectrum as the Word of Faith school of thought/teaching! I think you’re right about that!! It makes so much sense! It’s almost like the name-it-and-claim-it people are naming-it-and-claiming-it in reaction to a hatred of the extreme walls of sovereignty-and-Calvinism.

    As far as flashbacks are concerned, I do have them, and they are definitely extremely unpleasant. I think that’s part of the reason taking showers is so hard for me ~ because I have them while I’m taking showers. I try and counteract the flashbacks by playing worshp music as loudly as I can throughout the shower, but the volume doesn’t go up all that loud. It’s loud enough, but just barely. I think I’m also afraid I’ll have new, more, and worse memories of things Harry did to me in the shower, because, as I said in that post, it’s happened before.

    I’ve been in the process of writing an email to all four of you for a week or so. You beat me to the punch. I think I’ll end this comment here and finish it in my email!

    I love you!!


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