We have a nation founded upon justice for the wronged but also upon fair trials for the accused. God speaks many times of the idea of justice in the Bible because it is an idea very close to His heart. Seeking justice for ourselves and for others is one way to draw closer to God. Justice differs from it’s cousin Vengeance, though, because, unlike vengeance, justice is limited and measured. Justice requires fairness; vengeance does not. Justice gives what each deserves while vengeance takes without thought of others. That is why God urges us to seek justice but never vengeance; He commands us to allow Him, the creator and perfecter of the universe, to alone take vengeance because only He is infallible in his ways. Today, as you see and hear the many things in the world that need fixing and the many people who are hurting, remember that justice is what we should seek for them – never vengeance.
“For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.” – Isaiah 61:8 ESV
“It is mine to avenge; I will repay” – Deuteronomy 32:35 NIV