Restorative Justice

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What if each of us helped others know they are loved by God?

(Listen to my song “Mercy Reigns” by clicking HERE)

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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.”

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We are sorely in need of leaders with both wisdom and compassion.

These are people who have been transformed by mercy and forgiveness.

They know what it’s like to struggle, to not be in control, to not have all the answers…but still know that they are unconditionally loved and cared for by God.

Many times such people have been mentored by other leaders who have themselves experienced redemption and restoration. Unfortunately, many leaders today have not.

The Pharisees (to whom Jesus is referring to in today’s scripture verse) were the religious leaders of the time who seemed to steadfastly hold people to the letter of the law. It was all “black and white” to them with no “gray” areas.

They enforced rigid rules with no heart or compassion to temper the enforcement.

You either followed the rules completely and were in…or you were held in contempt and were out. 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!

It seems we must experience mercy before we are able to grant it to another.

Justice without compassion is cruel.

Jesus shows us the true face of a God Whose justice doesn’t aim to punish or penalize…but to lift up, transform and restore.

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Listen to the song of the day “Mercy Reigns” by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

CD’s available for purchase at BillTonnisMusic.com by clicking HERE.

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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