Tuesday, March 25, 2014
You and Me
"They" Are Really You and Me
Psalm 89:14 NIV
"Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you".
God is just. It's His character, who He is, and it's something He wants us to pursue whole heartedly.
Justice seeks to make wrong things right. It is us working throughout our lives to fix injustices to the best of our ability that we happen upon in the world around us.
Every time we see something that's wrong, our first response should be to pray about it.
Our second response should be to ask ourselves, "What can I do about it?"
However, it doesn't even occur to most of us. It's like we look at things and think that it's someone else's problem, and we wish "they" would fix it! We wish "they" would do this and that.
Have you ever stopped to ask, "Who are "they"?
I believe that "they" is us, you and me!
Have you ever looked at your brothers and sisters in Christ and thought to yourself "I wish they wouldn't do that" or "I wish they wouldn't act that way" or "I wish they wouldn't talk like that"? But you kept silent because you didn't want to upset them and make them mad at you. Or you looked the other way and pretended that you didn't see anything. Or worse; you went along with it because speaking out against it just seemed too hard?
In Proverbs 27:17 (KJV) we read:
" Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend"
An aspect of Christian accountability is encouraging each other to grow in their spiritual maturity. Hebrews 10:24 says, "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds."
One can hardly encourage another to be all that they can be in Christ if they deny that there is a problem, ignore the situation or simply pretend that all in well. Correct? Holding a fellow Christian accountable for their behavior is never going to be easy. But, the Bible says we must all do it from time to time.
You may not be able to fix everything, but you can do something. Don't look at injustice and do nothing. You must do something because God did not create you for inactivity and passivity. He created you for enthusiasm, zeal and passion. He put gifts in you to be used for His glory and to help other people. Live a life of justice today.
Holy Spirit, don't allow me to sit around wishing "they" would do something about the injustice that takes place in the many membered body of Christ in the world when I can do something to make a change. Fill me with boldness, and show me how to right the wrongs that I see in the world around me. Give me the strength to say the things that people may not want to hear but is based on the Holy Word. Guide me to help my fellow Christians; as well as myself, to only do that which is pleasing in the sight of God. Let me not be silent but vocal when I see something that is unjust, unfair, insincere, or corrupted in the many membered body of Christ. In the Name of Jesus I pray, Amen!