God requires us to act justly
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’ (Micah 6:8)
– Just: based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair
– Justice: the quality of being fair and reasonable
The Bible reveals God as being perfectly just. His justice is impartial, honest and tempered by immense love. All too often, human justice is completely lacking in compassion and is characterised by self-interest, prejudice, and discrimination but God requires us to put these things aside and to emulate His justice.
Scripture gives plenty of guidance as to how we might do this.
‘You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbour fairly.’ (Leviticus 19:5)
‘Learn to do good; Seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.’ (Isaiah 1:17)
To act justly is compulsory for the child of God and, as always, blessing comes after obedience.
‘How blessed are those who keep justice, who practice righteousness at all times!’ (Psalm 106:3)