Week 4 of 4

Justice… this word… Justice is a word that, if I am honest, can meaning something different when I apply it to myself than when I apply it to others. Sometimes, I want justice to be brought upon others while I cry out for (and expect) God’s mercy.

We know that is unhealthy and demonstrates a misapplication of what God’s justice truly is. Jonah gives us an example of an unhealthy theology of justice in Jonah 4. After he preaches the word God gives him for Nineveh, God has the audacity to forgive the Ninevites after the repent!

 Take a minute and check out this video from the Bible Project.undefined

 To prepare for Sunday, spend sometime reflecting on your theology of justice. Are there groups or individuals that you would rather see punished rather than saved?

 If so, think back to our Context Walk from last week… If you are willing, let’s try that again but with a twist. With as much objectivity as you can muster, put yourself on the other side. What can you notice about their situation? Do you see woundedness or pain that leads to their behavior? Possible misunderstanding? Is there anything that you can find the will humanize them and lead towards feelings of compassion?

Spend time with this verse:

12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Eph 6:12 (NLT)

 Pray this verse over those that you find difficult to want to see saved. Ask God to reveal the spiritual issue you are fighting and reveal the humanity of the person you want justice against.