TUESDAY 28TH APRIL, 2020
THEME: TWO SIDES OF JUSTICE
PASSAGE: MATTHEW 7:1-12
HYMN: MHB 813 – “THE Lord will come and not be slow……”
MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 7:2: “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”
In our reading today, Jesus addresses the issue of justice, fairness and equity. Most importantly, whoever that will come to equity must come with clean hands. Why will you carry a heavy load of offenses on you against the law and you sit on the judgment seat to use the same law to judge another person? What a miscarriage of justice that surrounds our society today! The worst is that the Church and the people called “Children of God” are not free from this error.
In the church, some leaders preside over meetings or are in a meeting where someone is being crucified for the same offence you have committed and went free or that they are still committing and they still have the audacity to make comment or influence decision against the person being accused. Jesus says it all in verse 2; the same way you shall be judged. But your judgment will come from a higher authority because you have not used that opportunity to repent.
Some church leaders today condemn our national leaders, accuse political leaders of standing in the way of justice, yet we cover up crimes perpetrated by church or family members, all in the name of protecting their ministries. Some believers condemn their bosses who are not Christians, yet they perpetrate more evil than those they are condemning.
The two sides of Justice are like a sword. When you raise it, one is facing the person you want to attack and the other facing you. As you judge, the other side of it will judge you shortly, too.
Christ says, in everything, treat others the way you want to be treated. For this is the law and prophet (Matt 7:12).
PRAYER: Gracious God, be compassionate on me, my family and the nation for all the wrong we have done to others and rescue us from perdition. Amen.
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