“17Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; 18Or the LORD will see it and be displeased, And turn His anger away from him.” – Pro 24
As God does not “take delight in the death of the wicked“, Christians do not take delight either, Ezek. 18:23,32; 33:11. Nevertheless, they who are wicked will be judged perfectly by God, Rom. 3:6. Some will go to eternal punishment and the faithful to eternal life. This is the “kindness and severity of God“, Rom. 11:22.
Though Christians don’t take delight in the troubles that have come on their enemies, still Christians can and should rejoice in the righteous judgment of God. This is a legitimate concern when people, even Christians, are questioning the justice of eternal damnation in hell. God will judge the world in righteousness.
Speaking on the wrath of God, John sees the congregation singing “great and marvelous are your works” and “righteous and true are your ways”, Rev. 15:3,4; 16:7. With the outpouring of the third bowl of wrath are the words, “5And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One, because You judged these things; 6 for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.” Rev 16. The martyred saints and the persecuted church would rejoice in God’s judgment against the wicked.
I point out these things so that lest we be influenced by the modern sentiment that is opposed to a wrathful God. Let us check our spirit and respect that God’s judgment will be perfect for unbelievers because the spirit of faith says, “they deserve it!” And instead of taking delight in this truth, instead strive to bring to them the eternal Gospel that can deliver.
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