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To Do Justice

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Micah 6:8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (NRSV)

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Yesterday we read about what it means to “do good” in God’s eyes. And one element of that is to do justice. Let’s just unpack that. What does it actually mean for us to “do justice”?

Justice is rather important to God. After all, if God is God, then there are certain things you’d expect of Him. Of course, to be loving, and if we stop and think about it for just a moment, we also expect Him to be just. The two go hand in hand. An unjust God, a despotic God, could hardly be loving.

And this attribute of justice is something that He calls you and me to live out as part of doing good.

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (NRSV)

Now we think of justice as a noun – a thing, an attribute. But here, He’s turning it into an action. He’s calling us … no, actually He’s requiring us to do justice. What does that mean?

Some years ago, we had a really difficult employee in the ministry. He was belligerent and disrespectful – something which frankly annoyed the living daylights out of me. But as a team, we worked with him for over nine months, counselling him, encouraging him, admonishing him when it was needed, to give this man every opportunity to come up to scratch.

In the end, he didn’t. In the end, I fired him. Look, justice isn’t always easy, it’s not always lovey-dovey. But it’s fair. 

What does the Lord require of you? To do justice.

That’s His Word. Fresh … for you … today.


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