A rhetoric of peace and justice might carry political power, but it is powerless in its inability to transform people.
The systems of this world are in place largely to crush others in order to make them pay for what they have done to us. When we focus on exposing, shaming and condemning others, we are only sowing resentment, bitterness, anger and hatred. And we will certainly reap what we sow.
A message or movement of peace cannot be founded on principles of condemnation. When it does, it will achieve condemnation, but never peace.
When we genuinely want peace, we surrender to love – God’s love, forgive out of our loving heart and are freed from hatred.
I am sure we would all love to live in a justworld. Justiceitself is such a powerful word that we love throwing around because it reminds us that, in every situation, there is a right thing to do.
The tricky part about justice is that we know very well that none of us are in a good position to define what is just, and what is unjust.
Since we know that real justice comes from love – because God is love – we should invest in forgiveness and leave the judgment to God.
Jesus teaches us to forgive everyone, regardless of merit. God forgave you and me without merit, so out of love for God, and through His divine love, the only true love, we can also forgive one another regardless of merit. 70×7.
When we trust God’s justice, we receive rest through his grace. Trust that He is all good and that when, how and where are in His hands.
If we relied on feelings to forgive people who hurt us, we would rarely forgive anyone. God calls us to forgive everyone, everyday, including ourselves. And that is possible because genuine forgiveness is an act of conscience that we exercise with God as our helper.
There isn’t a worse type of slavery in this world than an unforgiving heart. It wraps us and drowns us in darkness, bitterness, hopelessness and an overwhelming feeling of evil. And yet we all suffer from that.
Only God can heal our unforgiving hearts. And it is through his Grace that he can set us free by infusing us with the loving conscience to forgive. All we have to do, as always, is to be willing. And God will make everything else possible.