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16th March 2014
Justice is something close to the core of every person, because it's in the heart of God. Moses said of God: “All his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he” (Deut. 32:4).
If we feel indignant at injustice, how much more does God?! The ultimate demonstration of justice and mercy is the Cross of Christ, and this is our starting place for standing up for justice and standing against injustice. We can be quick to fight for justice when we are wronged or a family member or friend has been wronged, but how often do we cry out for justice for people we don't know?
Every person should have justice because they are created in the image of God, a masterpiece of unique, irreplaceable value. Justice shouldn't be reserved for the intelligent, wealthy, shrewd or popular. The reason we read so often in the Bible about God's concern for the widow and orphan is because he is passionate about justice for those who cannot get it for themselves.
As Christians we are called to be the “salt of the earth” (Matt. 5:13), which includes standing against injustice where we see it. Wherever you are day by day, you are called to be a bright light, burning with compassion and bringing justice to those around you and to your community. How can you bring justice to those around you?
Download the sermon 'Jesus on Justice' and the life application questions here.
Posted by Paul Mann