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VICES, VIRTUES, AND EMOTIONS – Week 24 –JUSTICE

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By Mike Chaffin

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

               This week the fourth of the Cardinal Virtues comes to the rescue of Christ followers. We’ve seen how temperance (self-control), work with prudence and courage to help us live the Christ like life. The fourth cardinal virtue, how we deal with others, is justice.

          There are dozens of verses in the Bible proclaiming God’s justice. His justice is a blessing to us. The psalmist extols this fact many times.

                 The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. Psalm 33:5

          Since God is a God of justice and we are told to shine His light, we must also show justice and act justly. Isaiah, in many verses, shows in many ways how to do Godly justice.

                  Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17

                  Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: Instruction will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations. Isaiah 51:4

          Justice came in Jesus Christ. He is the light to the nations. We are to shine His light.

Jesus taught an interesting parable about never giving up in the face of injustice and to continue to fight for justice. His teaching in Luke 18 about a widow seeking justice from a corrupt judge teaches at least two lessons. She continues to cry out to the judge for justice and eventually she gets it. Jesus teaches that if even the corrupt judge can sometimes dispense justice, won’t God give it quickly and freely to his children as well?

                  And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:7-8

          Jesus interesting commentary at the end of verse 8 seems to say that toward the end, when He returns for his church, their will be few looking for His return. Those who don’t believe will taunt and revile, saying Jesus isn’t coming, do what you want. Those few believers left will be worn out waiting and wondering why He hasn’t come already, and their faith will be weak. I believe this is why Jesus said in Matthew that God will shorten the days to His return so that a remnant of Christ’s followers will be around. Even in these harrowing last days we seek justice from God for the wrongs in this world and show God’s justice to all who are oppressed. That is our calling.

Prayer: Dear God, you are a just God.  We see so much injustice in this world and it seems to get worse every day. Help me not get caught up and repay injustice with injustice. Help me to discern the right way, your way, to give justice in my daily life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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