Seeking God’s kingdom and his righteousness is about more than making God your first priority and engaging in spiritual disciplines. Seeking God’s kingdom also means responding to the injustices that we or others experience and advocating for God’s kingdom values like love, inclusion and accessibility for all. …
“Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.“ (Isaiah 1:17, NLT)
This verse is filled with action: Learn. Seek. Help. Defend. Fight. The progression of these actions is significant. Too often, to fight is our first response. We must always humbly “learn” and “seek” before we move to help, defend or fight for others with grace and truth.
Teach us, Lord, to know Your “right.” May we seek You, and hear from You, how to help, defend and fight for others. You O Lord are our help, defense, and victory. May we join You in your work today.
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WORD: “Away with your noisy hymns of praise! I will not listen to the music of your harps. Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.“ (Amos 5:23-24, NLT) THOUGHT: Justice is the primary theme of the prophets’ writing. God’s warning is that people of privilege, position and …
“He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory!” (Matthew 12:19-20)
Justice Jesus-style is not about demanding my rights, but about advocating and advancing justice on behalf of others. It is different from the world’s “justice.” It is a justice of gentleness, compassion, and grace.
Lord Jesus, help us to understand how to live out your justice. May we engage with one another in a way that brings strength, hope, and restoration, rather than brokenness, weakness, and rejection.