Restorative Justice

Matthew 15:14
Let them alone; they are blind guides (of the blind). If a blind person leads a blind person, both will fall into a pit.”

We are sorely in need of leaders with both wisdom and compassion. These are people who know what it’s like to struggle, to not be in control…but to still be unconditionally loved and cared for by a Higher Power. Such people have been taught by other leaders who have themselves experienced redemption and restoration. The Pharisees (to whom Jesus is referring to in today’s scripture verse) were the religious leaders of the time who held people to the letter of the law. It was all “black and white”…with no “gray” areas. It was rigid rules…with no heart or compassion. You either followed the rules…or you didn’t. It was that simple to the Pharisees. It takes an enlightened person like Jesus to know how to both follow the rules…and know when to break them in the name of love. A legalistic mind cannot grasp this! Justice without compassion is cruel. Jesus shows us the true face of God whose justice doesn’t aim to punish…but to restore.

Suggested song of the day– “God Is” on the Give Praise and Thanks album.
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Remember…God loves you!

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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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