“One of our great God-given purposes on earth is to right the scales of justice for all.” Palmer Chinches, PhD
JUSTICE IS A TRANSFORMING EXPERIENCE
Spiritual formation is a transformation of the soul
- a change of mind
- a change of emotions
- a change of volition
- a new way of being
Volition: The cognitive act or an instance of making a conscious choice or decision. Primary human psychological function also referred to purposive striving.
JUSTICE DISTURBS THE SOUL
- Seeing the pain of others disturbs the soul.
The Lord gives us passion for ministry. Waiting until we are “mature” to start creates dispassion.
Spiritual growth doesn’t only happen inside the walls of a church building.
Relying on the church for growth gets us stuck 1/2 way to where God wants us to be.
We must close the gap we have created between ourselves and others. We must make ourselves the least and last.
Justice is an action word.
We must include the excluded:
- Jesus touched lepers
- Jesus challenged inequality of women
- Jesus embraced children
- Jesus defied racism
- Jesus cared for immigrants
- Jesus rejected bigotry
- Jesus challenged the self-righteous
- Jesus advocated for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the prisoners and sinners
We must act like Jesus.
Spiritually shallow people do not understand justice.
Justice places the needs of others before their own.
Justice causes people to risk their own safety.
Some ways we can see justice:
- Businesses profiting less by offering health insurance for employees
- Standing up for co-workers who are experiencing bias due to gender or race
- Volunteering at Hospice or shelters
- Doctors going to poor countries to help sick people
- Families taking in foster children
- Churches hiring female pastors
- People working toward ending the exploitation of women and girls
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Jesus thank you for disturbing my soul so that I can become who you created me to be in full. I want to experience the fullness of You in my inner man. Lord please guide me in the direction of the passion You created for me and help me to bring honor to You with my life. Amen
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Thank you Jesus that You are the Son of God, the God that created heaven and earth. Thank you Jesus that You came to earth in the form of a man so that You would be able to empathize with my humanity. Thank You that You did this in order to fulfill the promises You made at the foundation of the world.
I realize that I am a sinner and do things that hurt myself and keep myself away from you. Thank You that You died for my sins so that You could defeat death and bring me into Your life. Please forgive me.
I ask You to be Lord of my life. I ask you to heal my hurts and show me what my new life, empowered by You looks like. Thank You for Your mercy.
The Lord is with you always.