Love and Justice

Good Afternoon everyone,

Praise the Lord! Thanking God for a new day! Thanking Him for I can see, type, hear, walk, run, dance and laugh! Our God is the most high God! I just feel the sense of amazement and joy in my heart right now; I don’t know what it is but all I can say is that God is great! I think it’s just amazing that we have this platform where we can connect and seek God together! It’s just a blessing and if I’m being honest; the PoZ blog and family are very important to me and I love you all! Thank you so much for all the love and for all the prayers! You are the most amazing and the most beautiful bunch of people! I appreciate you all! God bless you!

As you all know, when I was in Nigeria, I attended Daystar Christian Centre Church and the Sunday before I left, the message that Rev Sam Adeyemi preached was on “Love and justice”. I just knew I had to share it with you; I briefly touched on this in my message about Nigeria but I know that this is a very important topic that needs it’s own post and I am positive that it will bless you and by God’s grace change your life forever. Amen! Let’s just give God the praise!

Firstly, I have to say that as Christians, we must stand for justice; at home, in the workplace and in our country! Justice is enforcing what is morally right and the God that we serve is a God of justice! Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne and rulership. That is how important justice is to our God!

Psalms 89:14Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

Deuteronomy 10:17-19– For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment. Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

When God loves you, He ensures that you are not cheated or deprived of what is yours. The other side of this is that He loves your neighbour as much as He loves you, so He won’t allow you to cheat your neighbour because He loves them equally.

Acts 10: 34– Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons

God insists on justice so each person won’t be deprived of what is rightfully their’s. We need to understand the purpose of the resources Jesus has given us. When you get power, the best thing to do with it is to ensure equality in the society and I say this boldly because I know that many readers are reaching their place of honour and lifting and this is our season of promotion, enlargement and announcement! Many of us our reaching new heights this season and assuming higher positions and responsibility and we must endeavour to use it rightly! Brothers and sisters, when you get power and you have the spirit of God in you, always try to create equality! Stand in the gap for the meek, the weak and the oppressed! Be it at your workplace, in your family, in your home, in your Church, department, even while you are standing at the queue in the grocery store! Everyday we watch things happen that are unjust but I ask you today; use your power to ensure equality wherever you go and in the society at large. Amen.

Isaiah 40:29- He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

 Have you noticed that the Lord always tries to create equality and ensure that there is justice? That’s what he wants us to do.

Luke 4:18-19– The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

We need to stand for justice at every opportunity we get. Injustice causes the society to disintegrate. Do you realise that one of the reasons that the Lord destroyed the city of Sodom and Gomorrah was because of injustice? I’m sure you missed that; I certainly did! Many of us think it was just because of homosexuality. However, there was so much injustice in that city.

Ezekiel 16:49– Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

 Did you get that? Did somebody receive that Word? There was fullness of bread and abundance of riches in the land but there were poor people who were left to their own devices and no help rendered to them. That is injustice and our God is a God of justice! When you see human beings through God’s eyes, you will hate injustice. You can not have the love of God and remain inactive in the face of injustice and I know every reader right now knows of injustice happening around them, some of you can even see it happening and you need to stop it!
What do you do?
Isaiah 1:17- Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.
You can not love God and not love man. You can not love man and fail to seek justice for them. Here’s what we can all do.
1- The first part is to alleviate the suffering of the people. For example, there’s a lady I met who was brought to this country to study but as soon as she got here, she’s been kept at home by her relatives and used as a maid/nanny and she isn’t paid. One of the first things I did was to support her, financially. The lady complained that she had no money for toiletries, so I decided to buy shampoos, conditioners, toothpaste, shower gels, mouthwash and so on for her. That is something you can do, it doesn’t have to be money. You can buy food, toiletries or accommodate them.
2- Empower the hurting- One instrumental thing is to teach the oppressed to know their rights. Help them to know that what they are going through is not right and should not be tolerate. Many people who suffer such afflictions are not aware about what they are entitled to but you need to educate them. For example, in the case of this lady, I had to explain her rights to her so she could make informed decisions.
3- Confront the oppressor- When I say confront, I don’t mean it in a violent way but in a way to understand what the situation is. You need to know why they are doing this and you need to reach an agreement on how to help the victim. A lot of wisdom and Godly counsel is required for this to be successful.
I challenge you all to take up one case of injustice this week and show the love of God! Help someone who is being oppressed or cheated and just watch their life come back together! Remember that we are blessed so we can be a blessing to others. May the Lord give us grace, strength and faith to stand up for the weak and needy and may His will be done! God bless you all.
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