A key word search I recently completed on the word “justice” yielded 130 verses. As I reviewed every verse I noticed some specific themes, repeat verses and how often the word “righteousness” was paired with “justice.”
The Hebrew word for justice is “mishpat.” It often refers to justice for people who are underprivileged such as orphans, widows and the poor. God refers often to the treatment of the more vulnerable when He refers to justice.
“Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” Deuteronomy 27:19
The Hebrew word for righteousness is “tzadeqah.” It often refers to treating people fairly and equally.
“Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.” Leviticus 19:15
Ask God to search your heart about this possibility. Are you treating some people better than others? Are you being lenient with some people, and not with others? Do you make decisions based on the principle and/or process? Or does your decision differ based on who you are speaking or dealing with? God takes justice and righteousness very seriously, and so must we, as we deal with others as we complete our responsibilities.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word with pierces my heart, comforts my soul, gives strength in weakness and gives encouragement in the difficulties. Please search my heart in the area of justice. Specifically, in my treatment of others. Please show me if I am grieving You in how I treat others. Please give me the wisdom to recognize what I need to change and the loving kindness to change it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Monday: What comes to mind when you think of the meaning of “mishpat?” Are there any vulnerable people in your life that you are not treating as well as you should? Who comes to mind? Perhaps it is a family member, a friend or someone at work.
“Do not deprive the foreigner or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge.” Deuteronomy 24:17
Tuesday: As you think of that person you feel you could be treating better, what is one thing you can do to show this change in attitude today?
“For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see His face.” Psalm 11:7
Wednesday: What comes to mind when you think of the word “tzadeqah?” Take time to think about your workplace. Are you showing favoritism to anyone at work? Are there people who are not being treated equally? Who comes to mind?
“By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.” Proverbs 29:4
Thursday: As you think of that person you are not treating equally, what is one thing you can do today to show them kindness?
“Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.” Psalm 112:5
Friday: As you look back at your week, and the actions you decided to take, what has God revealed to you?
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
Have a great week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work