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Jeremiah 9 to 12

The famous saying "Justice must not only be done; it must be seen to be done"? is attributed to Gordon, Lord Hewart, Lord Chief Justice 1922-1940.

Eccl 8:11 When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong. 12 Although a wicked man commits a hundred crimes and still lives a long time, I know that it will go better with God-fearing men, who are reverent before God. 13 Yet because the wicked do not fear God, it will not go well with them, and their days will not lengthen like a shadow. NIV

When justice does not appear to be done quickly this verse tells us that people see the opportunity to do more wrong with impunity.
And yet Peter tells us that God delays judgement on this world so that men may have time to repent and accept Jesus as Lord and saviour.

2 Peter 3: 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. NIV

So in giving us time to respond, He also gives us more time to fail. Wickedness in the world seems to increase, but with it mercy increases too.
There will be a reckoning, and we must explain ourselves to God.

Rom 14:10 we will all stand before God's judgment seat. 11 It is written: "'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.'" 12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. NIV

Knowing this ought to influence how we live. Relationship with God through Jesus should be the greatest influence on our behaviour. For the sake of the world around us we should fulfil our job description handed to us by Jesus himself:

Matt 28:19-20 ...go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. NIV

The day of accounting draws near for all men, we are blessed to know that our Jesus speaks to the Father on behalf of us, as our defence lawyer:

1 John 2:1 if you do sin, there is someone to plead for you before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who pleases God completely. NLT