Whatever Is Just
“Treat others the way you want to be treated” is a common phrase that is heard in grade schools. When it comes to interacting with others, this phrase teaches children that the most important thing is to be selfless. For some strange reason, by adulthood it is a common occurrence that this rule is only remembered to teach children how to behave and nothing else. It is as if the adults of mankind came up with the phrase all on their own and forgot that they were once the children hearing it themselves. The golden rule was not made by man but is a life-long lesson passed down by God and then Jesus to mankind (Matthew 7:12 and Matthew 22:35-40). You might be asking, “How does the way we treat others apply to justice?”
When God’s teachings and the golden rule are not applied to justice it becomes twisted. Justice from the human’s perspective, has a “right” and “wrong” side based on the judger’s current ideals and experiences regardless of the situation. But God is the one and only judge and His justice encompasses how people treat one another. In His justice there are no “sides” or favorites. The only right path is the one that spreads God’s teachings and love to others. The world is going to try and teach us that one opinion is above another and subsequently one man is above another. This is not true because God loves each person equally! God’s justice might be blind in the sense that all humanity is equal under them. But be confident in knowing that God is not blind and that under Him the scales of justice will fall on each person. The side it falls on is determined by their heart and faith.
People will want to reduce God’s love, justice, and righteousness to a tiny box based on their own understanding and human limitations. You must resist the urge to not fall into this temptation. Sin is going to convince you to spread opinions but instead you want to be spreading The Truth. The world will make up excuses and reasons to entice you to disrespect and neglect how God’s truth tells us to interact with others. Sin will weasel its way into your heart and create an attitude focused on self instead of selflessness. The way to combat this is to not lean on your own understanding but on a wisdom and path much higher than your own. There is prudence in keeping opinions on worldly matters to yourself because there is God where there is listening and selflessness. Are you going to trust God’s justice? Are you going to lean on Him? Are you going live by and spread your truth or The Truth?
Inspired by: Proverbs 28:5; Amos 5:10-15; James 2:1-13; Romans 12:19; Micah 6:8; Malachi 2:17; Hebrews 13:6; 1 John 4:4; Psalm 20:7; Luke 8:13-14