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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Micah 6:8, justly

The understanding of justice is of significance to living in community. Justice means the state of being fair, the ideal of fairness, especially with regard to the punishment for wrongdoing. However, the Biblical concept of justice extends beyond the punitive to the relational aspects of being just. It is in that context that we can see the wisdom of God as exemplified by His concern for the health and security of not only the individual, but the whole of society. By intent God is addressing three areas of our lives; to Himself, to each other, and to ourselves.
The first aspect of being just is the relational duties required by God to Himself; the sacrifices of our hearts, minds, souls, and lives to His purpose is recompense for the grace and goodness extended by God to us. This does not imply that by some method of payment we may purchase from God, it only declares a minimum requirement in light of the judgement that awaits those who choose to follow after their own ways and the least of what we may do to acknowledge His provision of salvation for those who call Jesus Christ, Lord. To do justly, in relation to God, is to give Him His due, "To love Him with all thy heart, mind, soul, and strength"
The second aspect of being just, is found in our relationships with others. "And love thy neighbour as thyself". In this there is no wrongdoing. Rather than expecting what is our due, we kindly yield to the obligation to see the health and well-being of our neighbour as paramount to our own. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"
The third aspect of being just, is to give to oneself what is my due. To acknowledge and to enjoy the good gifts that God has given, not living in a state of deprivation to satisfy some form of martyr complex or a form of physical discipline to win God's favour. To use and enjoy the good gifts from God for my happiness. To practice love, patience, self-control while taking pleasure in effort, work and passion. To be a receiver, "Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward." 2 John 1:8

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