Truth and Justice

Truth and Justice

Truth & Justice

Last week I woke up in the early morning, around 4 AM, and asked Jesus what he wanted me to write about, as I had been lackadaisical about my writing for Him. He responded by telling me three words, “Mercy and Knowledge”. So a few days ago I wrote a blog titled, Mercy & Knowledge: Two Things The World Lacks. You can click on the link to read more.

Two nights ago, like last week, I woke up around 4 AM, wide awake. As I lay in bed, I asked the Holy Spirit what I should write about and before I could finish the prayer, He responded with three words again.

This time he said, “Truth and Justice.” 

truth & justice

For the past forty-eight hours I have been meditating, praying and reading what those two words mean. A simple Google search of Truth and Justice would turn up numerous articles, written much better than I could ever compose. So what am I supposed to do with this article I thought?

Yesterday while meditating on these words and on the previous weeks words (Mercy & Knowledge) the Holy Spirit gave me an epiphany.

Mercy and Knowledge have a strong and direct connection to the Trinity. God said,

FOR I DESIRE MERCY AND NOT SACRIFICE; AND THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD MORE THAN BURNT OFFERING…

Jesus continued this thought in Matthew 9:13 when he said, “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

However…

Truth and Justice have a strong and direct connection to people. 

Zechariah wrote in his eighth chapter,

But this is what you must do: Tell the truth to each other. Render verdicts in your courts that are just and that lead to peace.

And of course one of the most famous verses about justice is in Isaiah,

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

Notice that these verses are about our personal relationship with each other. We are to speak truth to our neighbor. We are to seek justice for our neighbor.

Truth and Justice

We all know what truth means, if you don’t, here’s a refresher; in accordance with fact & reality; veracity, candor, honesty and verity. 

However, some of us may have forgotten that justice means; a concern for peace, and genuine respect for people; fair play, fair-mindedness, righteousness, honesty and morality. 

One of Jesus’ disciples, Levi, or as we all know him, Matthew, recorded these words of Jesus when Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment we should obey.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

A church I used to attend a few years ago put Jesus’ words in a more Twitter friendly format: Love God. Love People. 

Over the past week or so the Holy Spirit has shown me how to Love God and how to Love People more…

Love God: Mercy & Knowledge

Love People: Truth & Justice

 

 

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