A HEARTFELT PRAYER FOR JUSTICE

“The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.” (Psalm 33:5 NIV)

Prejudice, discrimination, human trafficking, corruption, and more run rampant in the world. Media and modern-day conversations overflow with just causes, but heartfelt justice requires a deep look into our sin-soaked souls. To fight with courage and boldness, without judgement, and in love. Christ followers know the mercy we’ve been shown, and the freedom Jesus died to accomplish. His love compels us to live our faith, and heartily pursue justice.

What is Justice (According to God’s Word?)

“Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding?” (Isaiah 40:14)

Both characteristics of God, righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne (Psalm 97:2). He is always fair, always good. Christians are purposed for the pursuit of righteousness. Injustice may seem explainable and fair by worldly standards. But Christ followers are not to sit idly by. God is in charge of all judgement and punishment for sin on this earth (1 Thessalonians 4:6), but we can love others in the name of the gospel by defending godly principles.

The apostle John wrote, “if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (1 John 2:1-3). Through Christ’s death, we receive forgiveness for our sins. Rayshawn Graves wrote, “justice was an important part of the early ministry of Jesus. From the Golden Rule to the parable of the good Samaritan, Jesus was not afraid for his teaching to have clear implications for social justice.” (“Nothing Less than Justice”)

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The Burlap Trees (#jammed daily devo, day 122)

May #jammed: Growing Grace.

Day 122: It’s fair.

Do not cheat poor people just because they are vulnerable
    or use shady tactics in court to crush those already suffering;” Proverbs 22:22

Before the first snow, my husband wraps the tree-line that borders the side of the busy image-122road we live on in burlap. He does this to protect the trees from the road salt, and the harsh winds that whip off the lake across the street in the winter months. If he doesn’t protect the trees, they will turn brown and start to become bare from exposure to the salt and the bitter artic wind.

Today’s verse illustrates how God is the burlap for people who can’t help themselves. There will always be poor people, and the world will constantly be trying to justify why poverty exists …provide a way out …prevent it from getting worse …and solve it forever. But God is one step ahead of all of us. He knows that wealth doesn’t cure poverty. Impoverish people teach us a lot about the health of our own spirituality. The Bible tells us to go to people, help people …but He never charges us with fixing people.

“In him the poor have a powerful attorney who will turn the tables and exact life for life.” Zondervan Bible Commentary

Jesus loves us, despite of our backstory, enough to die for us before we could love Him back. He wraps us in burlap and calls us “His.” He promises not to lose one of us, and will grip our hand through it all. When we love someone else just because He loves us, we cover them in His love.

Do we treat the disheveled looking child in the same way we treat the child that is pristine and coordinated. What about the child that says all the right things, as opposed to the one who struggles out loud? We may not all land in a position to stop shadiness in a court of law on account of someone who is suffering an injustice, but we can certainly pay more attention to the way we treat those we pass by.

The way we see each other is not the way God sees us. The way you see your neighbor, or the homeless guy that sleeps on the corner bench, is not how God sees them. We see what our eyes allow and what we know. God sees their heart. That kid being made fun of at school is His precious child …wrapped in burlap.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for this verse on poverty today. Thank You for reminding us not to paint pictures in the lives of what has happened to others. Forgive us for pointing fingers and mocking the helpless. Bless us with compassionate hearts that reach out to those that need it the most. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Wrapping,

Megs

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The Burlap Trees (#jammed daily devo, day 122)

May #jammed: Growing Grace.

Day 122: It’s fair.

Do not cheat poor people just because they are vulnerable
    or use shady tactics in court to crush those already suffering;” Proverbs 22:22

Before the first snow, my husband wraps the tree-line that borders the side of the busy image-122road we live on in burlap. He does this to protect the trees from the road salt, and the harsh winds that whip off the lake across the street in the winter months. If he doesn’t protect the trees, they will turn brown and start to become bare from exposure to the salt and the bitter artic wind.

Today’s verse illustrates how God is the burlap for people who can’t help themselves. There will always be poor people, and the world will constantly be trying to justify why poverty exists …provide a way out …prevent it from getting worse …and solve it forever. But God is one step ahead of all of us. He knows that wealth doesn’t cure poverty. Impoverish people teach us a lot about the health of our own spirituality. The Bible tells us to go to people, help people …but He never charges us with fixing people.

“In him the poor have a powerful attorney who will turn the tables and exact life for life.” Zondervan Bible Commentary

Jesus loves us, despite of our backstory, enough to die for us before we could love Him back. He wraps us in burlap and calls us “His.” He promises not to lose one of us, and will grip our hand through it all. When we love someone else just because He loves us, we cover them in His love.

Do we treat the disheveled looking child in the same way we treat the child that is pristine and coordinated. What about the child that says all the right things, as opposed to the one who struggles out loud? We may not all land in a position to stop shadiness in a court of law on account of someone who is suffering an injustice, but we can certainly pay more attention to the way we treat those we pass by.

The way we see each other is not the way God sees us. The way you see your neighbor, or the homeless guy that sleeps on the corner bench, is not how God sees them. We see what our eyes allow and what we know. God sees their heart. That kid being made fun of at school is His precious child …wrapped in burlap.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for this verse on poverty today. Thank You for reminding us not to paint pictures in the lives of what has happened to others. Forgive us for pointing fingers and mocking the helpless. Bless us with compassionate hearts that reach out to those that need it the most. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Wrapping,

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80.