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Can Jesus help us when we start at a new school? Theme four: Justice

Theme Four: Justice

You will be familiar with the word justice and you would be able to define it as the quality of being just, righteousness, fairness, morally correct and upholding the justice of a cause. You may also think of it as being related to the outcome of law proceedings... someone receives justice for a wrong against them. Can I introduce you to a further meaning of justice? The Bible talks about justice as making things right, first and foremost it is a relational term - people living in the right relationship with God, one another and within creation (i.e. the world). As God is just and loving and we look to Jesus as a guide; we are called to do justice and to live in love. The below song helps to create an idea of what this may mean. As you listen to it, note anything down that speaks to you.

One of the key things about the Christian faith is that it is not a passive faith - it is an action faith! We are called to love the weak and the poor, those that have less than us and not just in words, but by 'doing'. As we grow older our awareness of the difficulties that people face grows. It drives us to prayer for others, it encourages us to support by 'doing' or even by giving of our money to help others. You may think that these things are too big for you at the moment, and you may be right, but there are things that you can do to bring justice where you are, such as at school.

Being left out, blamed wrongly, bullied, unfair treatment, unkind words, breaking up......

"But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbour, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don't take yourself too seriously - take God seriously." Micah 6 v 8 (The Message)

"Say no to wrong. Learn to do good. Work for justice. Help the down and out. Stand up for the homeless. Go and stand up for the defenceless". Isaiah 1 v 17 (The Message)

Jesus tells us to love our neighbour as ourselves (Matthew 22 v 39). He also tells us that whatever we do for others, even the least of them, we do it to Jesus (Matthew 25 v 40). This gives us a really strong reason for helping others - we love them, so we help them. Jesus sees what we do and loves it when we stand up for what is right; for justice.

ACTION: Keep your eyes and ears open at school. Look out for people living with bullying, for times when people are wrongly accused, pick up on good causes to support, stand beside the one who is always left out, get alongside the sad and be a friend.... I'm sure you can think of other things you can do. Also, pray that you will notice these things and have the courage to go in to action. Always remember to THINK and maybe talk to someone about what is going on too. God is with you and he is faithful.

Click on the 'toggles' (with thanks to J.John and the Philo Trust)

I don't know if you noticed, but the top hand reaching down to pull someone up has a wrist band on it. I recognise it. It says WWJD. If you don't know what that stands for it is What Would Jesus Do? These are four really good words that make one question - a question we should ask ourselves regularly and especially when we are faced with injustice (and any situation really). If we answer it honestly, it will help us to know when to act, when to help, when to serve, when to keep well away, when to pray, when to give, when to ask for forgiveness, when to offer our guidance and it will help us to see and act on injustice. It will keep our eyes on Jesus.

TASK:  Try to ask yourself today and everyday WWJD?

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Sally P
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Created with images by Agence Olloweb - "Il s’agit d’une photographie réalisée pour illustrer notre page des offres de création graphique de l’agence web Olloweb Solution" • Timothy Eberly - "Fighting Back" • Austin Kehmeier - "untitled image"