Speak and Think About Just Things

Daily God Walk for Monday, January 17, 2011

Whatsoever is just … think on these things. – Philippians 4:8

 This is what the Lord says: “Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed.”                 – Isaiah 56:1

 I had a tough time deciding on what passage to include in this devotion that would convey the idea Paul was trying to convey. I concluded that the Isaiah passage presented the entire concept that what is just is also the right thing to do, however there are a couple of other verses that are more specific about justice.

Deuteronomy links justice to continuing in the blessing God gives: Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you (16:20).

David, in Psalm 82 links justice to defending the rights of the poor and oppressed: Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed (verse 3).

In proverbs 21:3 we are given the value of doing what is just and right: To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

So then, what is the just and right thing to do? What are words we should use that convey the concept of justice and righteousness?

These passages seem to be saying that justice is treating all people fairly, even those who do not have the ability to return that that grace. We are to give particular attention to the weak, poor and fatherless among us.

To do that we are going to have to change the way we think about people who appear less than us, or are limited in their social skills. We also are going to have to change the way we speak about others.

Speak words of compassion about the homeless, the single mother, and others who struggle with issues of life, and you will soon discover that your are beginning to think compassionate thoughts about them.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to speak words of compassion and think just thoughts about others. In Jesus name, amen.

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