45. The Basics — Do Justice

“The other day,” Stan began, “We were talking about the basics of what God expects from us.  The things that we need to get a handle on before going on to the more complex assignments He may have for us.”

“Yeah, I remember,” I said.  “The first one had to do with justice.”

“That’s right,” Stan replied.

“It is natural for a person to want to receive justice, to want to be treated fairly by others, but God wants us to show justice as well in everything we do.  We must be absolutely just in how we treat others.”

“As an example,” I chimed in, if I have told someone I will do such and such, I need to make certain I keep my word.”

“Yes,” Stan replied.  “And if I have borrowed something from someone, I am to be absolutely certain to give it back — or to pay back if it has been a loan.”

“It is kind of embarrassing,” I replied, “to think of all of the times I have borrowed something and then failed to follow through with my promise to give it back.”

“We can avoid those embarrassing memories if we just commit to living a life of absolute integrity.  Commit and then follow through”

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Whatever you want others to do for you, do so for them.  Matthew 7:12

Prayer:  Lord, you are absolutely just, and you want me to be just in all of my dealings with everyone.  You know there is no problem with my wanting to be treated justly, but you also know how much I need your help in being just. I give that all to you and ask you to move in me in exact accord with your will.  Amen.

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