My son is a teacher. Recently, a thief stole his computer bag, which contained his laptop computer, numerous student homework papers which he had already graded, his social security card, passport, and checkbook. This will cost him much money, time, and re-work. It's difficult to comprehend that this thief can so readily be saved by the mercy of God at some future time without making restitution to my son for the damages inflicted.
That, however, is the essence of what we believe as Christians. In some mysterious way, Jesus provides both mercy to sinners and justice to victims. Jesus Himself sits on His judgment seat to give perfect justice to all (Rm 14:10). He restores all damages to all victims of all time. In Jesus, victims "have no further misfortune to fear" (Zep 3:15). The Lord promises: "I will repay you for the years which the locust has eaten," the thief has stolen, and the sinner has ruined (see Jl 2:25). When the Lord repays, He doesn't do it halfway. He restores far greater than we could ever ask or imagine (see Eph 3:20). "We know that God makes all things work together for the good of those who love" Him (Rm 8:28).
"God is rich in mercy" (Eph 2:4) and justice (Rm 14:10, 12). If you are a victim, choose to let God do the restoring instead of acting in vengeance. "Leave it to the Lord...trust in Him, and He will act" (Ps 37:7, 5).
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†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 22, 2013.