Do Justice, What does it mean?

Most People think of Justice as:

Retribution or consequence placed on an individual based on their actions

Biblical Justice However

Goes beyond punishment, to restore 'right' relationships, with others and treats ALL with their God given dignity. Putting things right the way the Creator intended.

Our view of justice is limited and imperfect. Our view of justice can often times do more harm than good. We need to learn how to hold fast to our convictions while learning and EMBRACING people of different backgrounds, including those who have committed offenses against us or those we love. Including those who have committed crimes. We must embrace those that are not like us, those that don't believe as we do, look like we do, act like we do. Our desire to embrace the unjust must be greater than our desire for agreement on what justice is.

Justice is embodied in the book of James when he says we need to be 'doers' of the Word, not just 'hearers'.

How did Jesus act justly?

'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.' And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 22:34-40