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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

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Primum; Jus

Justice is defined as the state of being fair or just. Justice refers to the distribution of things and position of people within society. Closely linked to fairness some concept of justice is one of the key features of any social organisation. Justice is the steady and lasting willingness to give to others what they are entitled to (their right, jus). The concept of right (jus), is conceived as something that belongs to another. This view brings justice to the concept of human rights, meaning an individual has dignity and value, a concept certainly implicit in that the application imposes upon me and my community a duty to everyone without discrimination. This definition of justice immediately entails that correlative to duties of justice there must be rights that belong to everyone irrespective of their position. In this aspect the concept of justice carries a universal imperative being desired by all peoples to vindicate and support their position; their view; their sense of fairness and what is right and as a result a sense of justice varies to the degree at which each and every people group discerns their treatment by others. Justice should seek to create and maintain equitable relationships providing for the common 'good' of all. The essential meaning is at least partially clear, notions of justice require impartiality, truth and fairness. Man's desire and search for a just society is both rich in its vocabulary and in its ambiguity.

The Biblical approach to the concept of justice requires a moral or ethical dimension and separates vocabulary from action, it is equated with righteousness. Righteousness is a core value; an appropriated condition of following God or becoming a Christian, it is an essential spiritual virtue. Justice is linked to right living; to do justly is to act rightly. Justice becomes not only the fair, respectful and equitable treatment of each other 'do unto..as you would have', but the obligatory recognition of our duty towards God. The definition of justice is then expanded to include our religious efforts, brotherly love, trust, faithfulness and benevolence. Justice is what another has the right to claim from us and is more than a generous nature, it requires sacrifice, it means pain, it surpasses generosity, it is a gift.

In practical terms, justice, is embodied in forgiveness and finds its greatest bulwark to fail and its greatest application for success in how people deal with the wrongs against them and their ability to forgive. Actions do not always provide for the clear manifestation of what is happening in the heart. Words and vocabulary do not always provide indications of how people really feel. Forgiveness must come from the heart and for the most part requires the surgical skill of our Saviour to accurately and precisely remove bitterness and hurt and allow justice ' to roll on like a river' and 'righteousness like a mighty stream'. "There is no future without forgiveness". Forgiveness is a gift we give, however not freely, the gift is tied to an offense, a violation, wrongdoing, transgression or debt and the difficulty lies with absorbing the injustice and cost and releasing the other from the penalty and burden and any benefit owed us by justice being served on our behalf. Is this just?

Romans 13:8 (NKJV) "Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law." That love especially which utterly prevents you from doing any thing by which a brother may sustain any kind of injury.
"First, do no harm."

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