You Cannot Have Perfect Justice Without Perfect Love
1. God is love
2. God does everything because of love
Approach the Bible with those two premises as your foundation and you will gain a whole new understanding of God’s justice and punishment.
It's God's perfect love that makes him worthy of worship. It’s his love that sets him apart. (God is a perfectly just judge because he is a perfectly loving father.) God always judges fairly and never punishes more than is necessary. If he was not a loving father he could not be a just judge.
Many in the Church today think that God can be perfectly just without being perfectly loving. But that’s only because they’ve projected their idea of justice onto the character of God. Man’s justice requires payment; God’s justice requires repentance.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:7-9).
It’s time we scrap Augustine’s theology and start again (see David Bentley Hart’s book That All Shall Be Saved). When ever a person begins to trust God, he welcomes them (See Ezekiel 18, See also).
God is kind to the unrepentant as well as the repentant. He is always kind, and he is always just.