Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Justice

Romans 13:9-10


As I explored Micah 6:8 yesterday, I thought about what it means to act justly.  According to dictionary.com, justly means, "in a just manner, honestly, fairly."  God's definition of fairness can sometimes be different than ours.  I think Romans 13:9-10 sums fairness or acting justly very well.  Please look it up.


The second half of verse 9 says, "...and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"  If we love our neighbor as ourselves, we will be fair or just toward one another.  Verse 10 says, "Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law."  Love does no harm to a neighbor!  Love is the ultimate act of justice.  When we are loving others, our eyes will be opened up to injustices in our world.  Tomorrow I will focus on human trafficking (slavery) as a huge problem and injustice not only in the world, but in the United States as well.


Sometimes, justice requires us to look at other people first rather than our own "rights" or comfort.  If we are loving others as ourselves, we will consider how our actions may be affecting someone else.  For those of you who are parents, think of how you react to your child.  Your love for them will make you get up in the middle of the night with them when they are sick even though you prefer sleep.  Your love for your child will cause you to play with your child when you would much rather have some time to yourself.  Love will cause us to be inconvenienced at times.


Where would God like to see you show more love?

2 comments:

  1. I love this: "Love will cause us to be inconvenienced at times." You are SO RIGHT! I've actually never thought about that before -- great post! Thank you!

    Blessings,
    Melanie

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thank you Melanie. One thing I forgot to mention is how Jesus was constantly allowing Himself to be inconvenienced, even to death, because of His love for us!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I love hearing your feedback.