Biblical Justice (Part I)

The Lord has much to say in the area of justice. The Bible is full of scriptures that speak about this issue. However, when I looked at the word “justice” in my New King James Version (NKJV) Bible, I found that there is no mention of the word “justice” in the New Testament. I only found words  such as  “judging” and “judgment” in the New Testament.

There is a big difference between judging a situation and establishing justice. When we judge a situation, we determine the degree of good or evil of an action. However, justice is about dispensing a just sentence in a particular situation.

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You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me. John 8:15-16

In the New Testament, the scripture primarily points to mercy instead of judgment. Jesus, fought the injustices of His day in the opposite spirit of those who came against Him, and He finally went to the cross for it. His mercy overcame the injustice by forgiving the sinners who crucified Him. Jesus in several places spoke about coming to save the world and not to judge the world. 

Injustice is an abomination to the Lord, and there are serious consequences to being unjust according to scripture. God expects His people to be impartial and to act justly, but he does not ask any of us to render justice. He doesn’t call us to kill and punish the evildoers in order to please our God as some religions do.

Lord we pray that you would give us the courage to act justly and to not show partiality towards people. We rebuke the spirit of fear, prejudice, and pride, and we declare that you have given us a Spirit of power, love, and a sound mind to respond in the opposite spirit. Thank you Lord. Amen!

 

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