As we come upon the season of Advent the readings speak of the end times where God will bring his “judgment” on the world. Should we be afraid of God’s judgment upon the world? Should we be afraid of his judgment on our lives? Yes and no. The biblical imagery of God’s judgment is filled with hope, but at the same time it is full of terrifying imagery.
What is “God’s judgment” after all? When someone judges well, they judge in truth. God who is truth itself knows everything and judges perfectly. The truth of our lives is laid bare before God. All our lack of love will need to be addressed! No-one is perfect, how then will we be judged!? A good examination of conscience done with prayer and honesty will help us here:
- Do we trust in Jesus? Do we believe that He came for sinners, that he forgives all our sins?
- Are we seeking God’s will first in our lives?
- Do we desire to be true in all areas of our life?
- Are we earnestly trying to love our brothers and sisters?
- Do we seek God daily in prayer?
The more that we can answer these questions with a resounding YES, the more confidence we can have in God’s judgment upon us and even to look forward to it.
“But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness will shine out with healing in its rays” (Malachi). As we open up to the sun of righteousness, His judgment will be our healing. How is this so? Because we know that “God is love”. We know that Jesus came for sinners like ourselves. We know that He is good and that He loves us just as we are. And so we confess, we turn to Him, we transform our lives by doing God’s will and loving our brothers and sisters.
This confidence in God will allow us to love God and will melt away the ‘fear’ that keeps us from a deep friendship and intimacy with Him. “Perfect love casts out fear” (Saint John). This love and confidence in turn will make us desire the coming of Christ… in our lives and into the world. Let us pray for one another that we will grow in this desire for His coming when all sin, evil, and death will be conquered.