Text: Romans 3:21-26
Memory verse:
“to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭3‬:‭26‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I have heard people say, “God is too good to cast anyone into hell fire.”
Yes, God is too good to do evil. He doesn’t even tempt with evil. His thoughts are always good, and He works daily to give us good ends. It is never His will that anyone should perish. In fact, it saddens Him when that eventually happens. “…I do not enjoy seeing sinners die.” (Ezek 33:11 GNT). God is love, and love does not rejoice in evil. Yet, being righteous doesn’t make Him tolerate or associate with sin. In fact, His eyes are too pure to behold iniquities (Hab 1:13).
God is just, in that He is fair to everyone. He does what is good and right. Being just means He punishes sin appropriately (Ezek 18:20). A just and righteous God will not spare and cause the sinner to live, but God did! He forgave and overlooked sin. “He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.” (‭‭Psa 103‬:‭10‬ ‭NLT).‬‬
Why? To punish all sinners would have demonstrated that He is righteous and He doesn’t condone sin. But it is not God’s delight to destroy (John 3:17). Rather, God has been passing over and forgiving sins.This scripture gives the reason – “for He was looking ahead and including them in what He would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate His righteousness, for He Himself is fair and just, and He makes sinners right in His sight when they believe in Jesus.” ‭‭(Rom‬ ‭3‬:‭26‬ ‭NLT‬‬). In other words, God forgave those past sins because He included the sins in what Jesus would thereafter pay for in His death. Thus, God was only being fair for not punishing the sinner since his sins had been paid for. To punish the sinner again would mean double punishment for the same sin, and that would make God to be unfair. Thus, God demonstrated His righteousness by allowing the righteous to die for the unrighteous. Believing this makes God impute the righteousness of Christ on the sinner and, thus, acquitted of any sin. This is called justification, that is, being made right in God’s sight. This means God has become the Just and Justifier of all who believe.
Friends, God will cast the sinner into hell fire not because He is no longer good and merciful but because the sinner has refused to accept the gift of righteousness, the only option to be put right in God’s sight. So, as long as that stands, He remains a sinner, and God will only be fair by judging the sinner. His righteousness makes Him judge the sin that hasn’t been paid for and cast the sinner into hell.

Prayer points
1. Father, thank You for freely justifying me by the blood of Christ and through faith.
2. Father, please, open the eyes of all the unsaved and the self-righteous around us to this truth in Jesus’ name.

Today’s declarations
1. I am justified by believing in the sacrificial work of Christ.
2. Now that I have been put right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, much more, I shall be saved from God’s anger by His life.