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Justice wrap-up: resources + reflections

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“If the longing for justice in our hearts does not translate to our hands, we do not fully grasp the passion of our God.”
She Reads Truth

On Sunday, we wrapped up our community study of Justice. It was a powerful reading plan, filled with passage after passage of scripture revealing God’s undeniable passion for justice, and it left us—it left me— longing for more. Not more words, but more action.

We’ve heard your confessions in the comments and on social media of how you long to reflect God’s love of the poor and vulnerable, His love for what is good and right. And though we’ve admitted we don’t know all there is to know about justice, we do want to leave you with some resources and reflections to carry with you as you go.

Here are some practical next steps for your personal justice journey—

Read.

We are so grateful to those who shared their voices and insights as guest writers for the Justice plan— Gary Haugen and Bethany Hoang of the International Justice Mission, Jessica Honegger of Noonday Collection, and IF founder, Jennie Allen.

Here are some additional voices and resources that offer much wisdom in the area of justice:

Generous Justice, by Tim Keller
The Locust Effect, by Gary Haugen
The Good News about Injustice, by Gary Haugen
The Micah Mandate, by George Grant
Deepening the Soul for Justice, by Bethany Hoang
When Helping Hurts, by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

Meditate and memorize.

No words have the power to shape our hearts for justice and mercy and humility like scripture itself. Consider committing some of these verses to memory as you seek to adopt God’s heart for justice in your life.

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:18)

Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. (Isaiah 1:17)

If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. (Isaiah 58:10)

Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. (1 Corinthians 10:24)

The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. (Psalm 33:5)

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free… (Luke 4:18)

No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. (1 Corinthians 10:24)

If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be that person? (1 John 3:17)

Partner.

There are so many wonderful organizations promoting justice throughout the world and proclaiming the hope of the gospel of Jesus. Here are just a few:

International Justice Mission (become a freedom partner!)
Noonday Collection
Food for the Hungry
Compassion International
Live Fashion(able)
Blood:Water

Pray.

Pray for the poor and vulnerable, for the oppressed and enslaved around the world. Pray for those who charge the darkness and fight injustice. Pray for your neighbors across the street and across the globe. Pray the scriptures listed above and ask the Lord to engrave them on your hearts. And, if you’d like, pray this beautiful prayer for justice that has been prayed for years before us:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
– Prayer of St. Francis

Start.

Don’t let the giant concept of biblical justice overwhelm you. Just start.

Begin by loving your (actual) neighbor. There’s no shame taking a casserole to someone’s door, or secretly mowing a lawn. You never know how impactful the simplest gesture can be.

Get to know people’s stories. If you see the same person a the grocery checkout every week, learn their name and the names of their kids and maybe even their birthday. Be mindful that they are loved by Jesus and treat them accordingly.

Make reminders for yourself. Put a note in your car or your cubicle that says “each person is made in the image of my God.” Look at the stranger through the lens of the cross.

Dive in. Find out what your church is doing to serve the poor and vulnerable, and join them. Open your heart to the possibility that God can use you, just as you are and where you are, to show His love to the people you will cross paths with even today.

IJM founder Gary Haugen says, “Justice is doing for others what we would want done for ourselves.”

Let’s start there.

justice wrap up

  • Hi! I’ve been following this wonderful devotional and community since it began. I rarely comment though, I don’t know why. But I just had to comment today. It was on this day (August 5, I know I’m posting late, I fell a little behind on the study!) one year ago that my grandmother died. She was a wonderful woman who loved The Lord and her loss has been very hard on my family. I’m telling you this because the Prayer of St. Francis is what she requested to be read at her funeral, I read it to the church. When I saw this was the prayer for today, I just started crying. I was reminded of her love and His love for me. This devotional has always been so wonderful and this is just another example of how The Lord is using y’all. I am so proud of how much you’ve grown and I just want to say keep it up! I thank Jesus for everyone in this community. All my love, Makena.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi Makena! So happy that you commented today! I just love it when God intertwines treasured prayers and verses with new things we are learning! What a beautiful reminder He gave you today! I\’m so glad you shared it with us, and hope to see you here again soon! :)

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • MGuziewicz

    I truly enjoyed this study. I learned a lot about what God said about justice and a lot about myself regarding it. Some of the ways that I've put these words into action are by being more mindful about justice in my daily life, being a Minister of Reconciliation to a young woman God has placed in my life, loving two girls that frequent our home that have a shambles of family life and joining with Voices of the Martyrs so that I can be more aware and pray. Small, token like steps but I am praying that God would make me more willing to reach out more.

    • SheReadsTruth

      I am so inspired by everything you learned during this study, sister! So thankful for the role God has placed you in and excited to see how He continues to move!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • LoveHimso,

    Wow I’m sure that man was full of joy that Jesus said He gives. I’d love to always be a bold witness for our Father too! Blessings sister.

  • loveHimso

    No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. (1 Corinthians 10:24) This is the part of the cross that I hope to model for others, seems easy but in everyday life I think you have to be purposeful. I saw an example of this while waiting impatiently in a long long long post office line this week. A man began to whistle Amazing Grace. Is he whistling? Surely he is not whistling Amazing Grace in the post office line. Then he said, Does anyone have a favorite verse they would like to recite? I thought really, in the post office line. I can't believe now how irritated I was. Then he began with John 3:16 and a conviction came over my heart. Someone in that line needed to hear that. Someone needed to know THEN that Jesus died for them and they could be free from the bondage of sin. God bless him now for he was not afraid to speak your truth. My Father help me to be your light and not seek my own good but the good of others.

  • Thankful for this study and the clarity it provides. Fear of my ability to witness effectively as well as pride illustrated in self-reliance cannot be my norm. Though it be flawed, I pray to seek Christ's heart and live what he calls righteous-love towards others. Thank you, SheReadsTruth. What an amazing first study for me to join!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Sarah, I am so glad you joined us for this study! Praying alongside you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • monisola

    Help me Lord to see each person through the lens of the cross….to know that we all are bought with the same price. To nof see myself higher than others…

    • AnnaLee

      Amen to that, Monisola! I can get so self-righteous and sometimes even bitter when I'm out in the world, especially when I'm out doing things like shopping or errands… when I truly know that I only feel that way due to seeing myself and others through the lens of lies and my own limited knowledge of life instead of praying and asking the Lord to make me more others-minded. We must stay others-minded… Lord Jesus, make us to pour ourselves out. I pray we'd all, as sisters and as a community of believers, would approach this dark world being shrewd as vipers and innocent as doves– discerning what is evil and good, and being eager to do that good, not only quick to avoid evil. May we be peaceMAKERS. Praying for the both of us, Monisola. Thank you for your honesty as I relate! Love you sis! Be blessed in Christ Jesus.

  • Thank you for the resources.

  • A Jehovah’s Witness came to my door yesterday. I admit. I wasn’t prepared. She said she’ll come back later on. The question is how do I witness to her? She’s deceived and lost. Jehovah’s witnesses don’t believe Jesus is God and don’t believe in hell either. They believe Jesus is Micheal the archangel.

    Pray for her.

    • AnnaLee

      Angela, I'll be praying that the Lord would give you great wisdom and insight onto how to touch and affect this woman's heart for Jesus! More importantly, I'll be praying that the Lord would speak through you– ultimately NOTHING we do or try to do compares to what the Holy Spirit can do through us! Know that as long as you submit to the Lord in all things, especially here, and just let Him have His way in and through you, He will move in whatever way He wants– and only He can know what that means and what the true effects of those are. The Lord lives in You! Trust Him, seek His will and let Him have His will in you & your life. He will use you mightily! :) Blessings, dear sister. Have a wonderful week.

  • Please don’t forget Samaritan’s Purse, on this list of justice doer’s. this is the organization that is now heading up the Ebola crisis in Liberia. It is the ONLY private, evangical non profit there right now.

    • Amanda Bible Williams

      Great addition. Thanks, Leslie! This is by no means an exhaustive list – not even close! – but a variety of starting points. Thanks for chiming in. xo

  • Caroline

    Thank you for the inspiring and practical "Justice" wrap-up. This study has positively changed me and my outlook. Blessings to all.

  • hazelmaddie

    Thank you for providing the resources to act. I get overwhelmed by everything and want to help everyone. My health situation makes it challenging to be active. But I can help my neighbors and pray, and that is a good start.

  • This is so good. A genuinally helpful, thoughtful and pushing list.
    I think we can’t forget the homeless in our own city. I see the same guy where I grocery shop and I know his name and buy him food. It’s not much but I’m trying to make sure he knows that he is a valuable person. I don’t have money for everybody and don’t have time to stop for every homeless person I see but I’m learning to just ask god for prompts as to when to stop and chat with the homeless.

    • Amanda Bible Williams

      This is part of my heart, too, friend. Thanks for adding this. xo

  • Tigerlinz06

    Thank you so much for these amazing resources. I, too, felt so convicted by this study to get up and do something but had no idea what I could do to help. This certainly gives me a starting point. Thank you for all you do to encourage and strengthen our faith!

    Lindsay

  • Awesome wrap up Amanda!
    Thank you!

  • This was wonderful. The wrap-up was so critical for me! I've been following and reading and thinking that I understand how God's love for me is helping me to charge the darkness, but there is always more that I can do. The truth is that I am nowhere near showing or fulfilling my share of love and justice that God wants from me or wants for me and I need to step it up a bit. I finally moved out of my tough roommate situation, but now I need to still show her that I love her the way Jesus loves her, and although she's a difficult person to deal with, I do appreciate her. (Also, now since where I've moved makes her my literal neighbor as well as just a neighbor on this earth, showing her I care should be easier!).

    Thank you for this wonderful study. Looking forward to the next one!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Thanks for joining us, Julia! So glad you\’re brainstorming practical next steps toward justice in your life. Thanks for linking arms with us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • The study of Justice has me so inspired, and it's helpful to have some ideas on where to start. Thank you!

    • SheReadsTruth

      I\’m so glad God used this study to inspire you, Lea! Thanks for joining us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • tanyamthurnau

    Thank you so much for this wrap-up! I think I can get overwhelmed with information and working towards changing my habits and thoughts. This was a great read today as it helped simplify the readings of the last several days and gave me some ideas on how to get started and resources to continue learning! Thank you, again!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi Tanya! So happy to hear God used this study to inspire you. We love having you here!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • stinav96

    Good morning, and thank you so very much for this study of biblical Justice and for this very practical post reminding us (me!) of ways to put hands and feet to the passion of God in our hearts! As I've read, a few opportunities to pray over injustice/pray for justice came to mind: Pastor Saeed, imprisoned in Iran; the Russian/Ukranian conflict; protecting the life of the unborn and newly born; and those who are being forced into sex trafficking.

    We are trying to purge our house this week, and while I have so many things I would like to sell personally to raise money to help those in need, we also have a second hand store in our town that gives work opportunities to recovering addicts and raises money for the recovery home that supports it. That is one way we like to contribute to justice in our community, even though it seems like very little. However, this recovery home is so successful (by God's grace!), and so much wrong is made right by their efforts in Christ, it really does seem like it would be an injustice not to support them in every way we can. Really, it is not so small at all.

    Again, thank you for this study! It has been exceptionally deep and meaningful for me, and my prayer coming out of it is that God will show me a cause for which to pray and stand and get my children involved so that it is a habit for them by the time they are grown, and they are not just learning it as an adult, as I feel I have had to do. Looking forward to tomorrow's Hebrews study!

    • SheReadsTruth

      So happy to hear that God is using this study to transform and inspire you and your family! I love hearing about all of the incredible things you have in the works! Love to you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

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