Whenever people are on the receiving end of a transgression, they frequently recognize sins that they otherwise suppress. What they hide as offenders they shout as the offended. They even feel offended. Their integrity is suddenly injured, and they sound the same to all. It is proper to recognize such as a proud and hypocritical reaction in men, but we must also admit that it is an inevitable one—an echo that we all actually expect and long for at least a kind of righteous world, even when we wickedly try and place ourselves as its center.
The judgements of God are too infrequently considered, sometimes because those who disparage them do not find in their consideration what they presumed—the innocent. All the same, whoever neglects to consider God’s righteous judgements upon the guilty, will also forfeit a discovery of God’s grace. One of the ironies of God’s work in history is that he reconstitutes judgement for salvation, and death for life.