Today's message is not a continuation of my publishing experience, but about a subject that has taken root on my heart...
We live in a mixed-up world where it seems that lawbreakers escape justice and authorities misuse their power to exploit and neglect. But, there is good news!
The LORD is a God of justice and mercy, furthermore God loves the entire world (John 3:16), and God purposely permits the world to exercise free-will to choose or go
against God’s sovereignty.
Psalm 33:5 “The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.” (NIV)
Micah 6:8 “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
The parable of the lost son (Luke 15:11-32) is a good example of God’s justice and mercy, for it is a story of a lost son’s repentance and a father’s absolute love. God the father’s justice is the act of loving unconditionally, being selfless, caring, supportive of the vulnerable, not
indifferent but shaken by another’s difficulty, and offering encouragement.
Every age and civilization has grappled with justice, knowing that where there is misuse of power, there is grave danger of justice being quenched leaving chaos in charge. Without justice, corruption would fuel more clashes, triggering vast human misery. Our age is presently standing at the same crossroad as ages past. At this crossroad, we who love God have been beckoned to pursue His justice before injustice threatens all of humanity.
So, with this new day comes a new beginning! Today can be a day for change. Like the lost son, we can learn from our errors and ask forgiveness. We can transform our mindset in response to the shifting tide of principles and values taking place universally. It is time to look in the mirror to see who the LORD desires us to be. Then we will be able to see more clearly and comprehend that the living are connected. We hold a membership in the human race, making us kin, we are equally vital, and we need God’s justice.
I have asked these questions upon looking in the mirror. “How many of us neglect to practice genuine hope, faith, and mercy after leaving worship? How many of us have forgotten about the hungry and homeless? Am I indifferent to others hardships? Do I ignore or do I take a stand against darkness? Do I express love to reassure others of their value? Do I extend a helping-hand to someone broken by their circumstances?" My questions find answers in the holy place, called prayer, which involves my Savior and me only. Perhaps, each of you will choose to ask your own questions and in so doing, find God's Holy answers.
I sense a need for something greater than self. So, I am led by Christ's love to be an encourager as I share about His faithfulness and grace.