July 16, 2016
The LORD spoke through the prophet Isaiah about Jesus saying,
I shall place my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
He will not contend or cry out,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break,
a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory.
And in his name the Gentiles will hope. Mt_12:14-21
Today we seem to take justice to mean revenge. When someone does something bad to me that gives me all the right to do something even worst to him – in the name of Justice! WRONG! That is not what justice means. As a matter of fact that’s just the opposite of justice.
Justice is doing the right thing in the first place. If hurting someone else by any means and to any extent is wrong, then revenge is just as unjust as the wrong done in the first place. Justice comes to victory when wrongdoing is met with mercy. Justice comes to victory when wrongdoing never happens because just people prevent the wrong through love. Justice is a world of righteousness, a world of love, a Kingdom of God! And it starts with me!
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