Meditation

Meditation for 08/12/2019

“The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.” (Psalm33:5)

God’s righteousness and justice are closely related ideas. His justice grows out of His righteousness. God’s strongest positive feeling, His love, goes out to everything which establishes what is right and just in this world.

The goal of society should be establishing right and justice because God loves and embodies these characteristics. The believe in praise and worship sees evidence of these divine qualities filling out our world.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Abba, we have learned from Your Word Your desire for righteous living and providing justice for all, not for convenience sake, but rather because it is the right thing to do for all people. Your qualities were revealed to us through the way Jesus walked this world and treated all people. We are to model these same qualities in our own lives. Some days we do and some days we fail miserably. Help us to recommit to Your way of life, and to treat all others in the same manner that we ourselves seek to be treated. This we ask in our Lord Jesus Christ’s name. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

A cold church is like cold butter, it doesn’t spread well.

KNOWING GOD:

“Then Absalom would say to him, ‘Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you.’ And Absalom would add, ‘If only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that the gets justice.’ Also, whenever anyone approached him to bow down before him, Absalom behaved in this way toward all the Israelites who came to the king asking for justice, and so came to the king asking for justice, and so he stole the hearts of the men of Israel.” (2ndSamuel15:3-6)

Not every appearance of acting justly issues forth in justice as the account of Absalom demonstrates. A nation must not neglect setting up court system for its people. The people must no too eagerly follow every voice calling for reform.

I AM:

Christian Ethics, Justice: (Isaiah11:3-5)

The ministry of the Messiah will be marked by His aggressive justice and righteousness on behalf of the needy. What human rulers and systems have not achieved, God’s Messiah will.

Second Thought of the Day:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teaches of he law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:6, 10, 20)

The mark of the spirit within us is a hunger to live out the will of God. Without God’s energizing, sustaining, and closeness our fulfillment in life grows weak. By feeding on His presence and guidance, our lives grow and mature. Seeking the will of God causes us to be at cross purposes with our cultural values.

Our call is not to be religious experts but humble servants of God’s justice. We will be made fun of, and some will ever be martyred for Christ’s sake. Yet, any righteousness we proclaim and live out is not our own, but that which God’s grace works in us through the redemptive acts of Christ.

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