Justice vs. Corruption
"Taking PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY to uphold what is pure, right, and true"
JUSTICE - A Five -Minute Study
Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
Contributed by Ron Wallie
Husband and Father of Eight, Southington, OH
April 1, 2002
Taking personal responsibility to uphold what is pure, right and true.
BIBLICAL EXAMPLE - THE LIFE OF JACOB
Abraham was the father of Isaac; Isaac, the father of Jacob and Esau, twin brothers. The rivalry of these brothers might fairly be placed on Jacob's shoulders. His name means "supplanter", and he managed to obtain Esau's birthright and blessing, At childbirth, Esau was born first and entitled to the privileges of a first-born. One day, when he was tired and hungry, he willingly agreed to Jacob's demand that he sell his birthright to Jacob for a single meal. Their relationship deteriorates because of this and other schemes. Eventually, Jacob has to leave because Esau wants to kill him. Jacob ends up working for his uncle, Laban, for 20 years as a shepherd.
Read Genesis 26:21-34 and 31: 36-42.
Jacob gets many doses of his own deceptive medicine by enduring the treachery of Laban. Laban forces Jacob into many unfair working arrangements. In spite of this, Jacob becomes wealthy and acquires a large family. And most importantly, he ceases to be a deceiver; instead, he upholds honest and right business practices. Here are Jacob's own words to Laban:
These 20 years I have been with you; your ewes and your female goats have not miscarriaged, I have not eaten the rams of your flocks. That which was torn of beasts I did not bring to you; I bore the loss myself. Genesis 31:38-39
In the end, Jacob is a man of his word, taking responsibility to do what is right, even if it results in a loss to himself.
JUSTICE IN OUR LIVES
We can be encouraged by Jacob's life and mature in our willingness to take responsibility for our words and actions. Here are five "I will" principles to help us.
- I will agree with God that I have sinned if I fail to uphold what is pure, right and true.
- I will ask forgiveness from those I treat unjustly.
- I will look for ways to make restitution to those I have harmed.
- I will speak up for what is honest and true.
- I will be responsible for every word and action, not blaming others for what I have said or done.
JUSTICE IN MY LIFE THIS WEEK
- Memorize and meditate on Micah 6:8
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do to justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
- Ask God how you can be more just in your relationships with family members and co-workers.
- Write down 2 measurable action steps you will take this week to be more just.
- Share these with a trusted friend who will pray for you and hold you accountable.
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