Currently, I am reading “Generous Justice” by Timothy Keller. The premise of the book is God’s generous justice toward us in that we are saved by justification by grace through faith in Jesus. All our good works, whatever they may be, will not save us or give us salvation. Rather, it is our faith in Christ that produces good works by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that lives in each one who believes in Christ.
The depth of the book, for me, is presented by Timothy with the idea that when we begin to understand God’s generous justice; his grace toward us, we begin to understand our identity in Christ. As we begin to understand our identity in Christ we become more Christ like in our thoughts, words and actions. When God’s generous justice toward us begins to transform our life we begin to think outside ourselves. We become aware of the poor and powerless around us. The widow, the orphan, the foreigner, the homeless, the downtrodden. Our hearts are moved to want to help bring justice to lives of others.
Moses told the Israelites:
Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer, For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing, And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt. Deuteronomy 10:16-19
This thought crossed my mind, “what would it look like if we treated ALL people the way we are commanded to treat the widow, the orphan and the foreigner?” Demanding God’s generous justice for everyone, not from a place of righteous piety but simply from the love of Christ in us.
The second greatest commandment is this; Love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12:31. In loving ourselves we are not judgmental or accusatory and so it should be the same as we endeavor to love others with God’s grace; His generous justice.