This week’s lesson – To Love Mercy
“Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man deals graciously and lends; he will guide his affairs with discretion” (Ps. 112:4, 5, NKJV).
Social justice has become heavily politicized in recent decades, and especially so in recent years. This has caused many Christians to abstain from becoming involved in such issues. However, by Jesus’ example, we see that we are called to be active participants in this arena.
Much of Jesus’ ministry while on earth was focused on providing justice and mercy to oppressed and marginalized individuals. Jesus fulfilled the words of Isaiah that stated that He would “ ‘tell the Good News to the poor’ ” and “ ‘tell the prisoners of sin that they are free, . . . tell the blind that they can see again’ ”and “ ‘free those who have been treated unfairly, and to announce the time when the Lord will show kindness to his people’ ” (Luke 4:18, 19, ICB).
Ultimately, as we seek to follow Jesus’ mandate to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, take care of the sick, and visit the imprisoned, our involvement must be rooted in a desire to see God’s love and mercy shared with all people across all sectors of life. From this week’s lesson – Friday.
Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss this Sabbath.