Lot’s of people are doing some very bad things in the name of seeking justice, but they are not solving anything, they are not fixing anything, or changing anything, they are just making it all worse. Why? The answer is in the Bible, God’s Word, His instructions on successful living.
Principal #1 – Only a few people have significant influence and impact on their environment to move it towards the light instead of darkness, goodness instead of evil, and justice instead of injustice; most have little to no influence, some negative influence, and some very negative.
Principal #2 – Only those who are free of personal bitterness towards others because of real and perceived wrongs done to them and others will be able to influence, impact, and change things for the better by their leadership. This is a law of God set in stone. Those who are filled with bitterness and see themselves as victims, and blame others for their problems and plight in life will simply and always make things worse in their attempts to change things.
Principal #3 – The only way to be free from bitterness and a victim mentality is to choose to forgive others for the wrongs that they have done to us, that is the only way, not merely the best way. That is why there are only a few people changing things, because most will not forgive, and revenge will be the underlying motive for their actions not justice.
Principal #4 – Only those who have been forgiven will be able to forgive. I am empowered to forgive others by my own awareness of being forgiven. The stronger my sense of being forgiven, the greater my sense of self-worth, and my power will spring from my love for others and the desire for their well being.
Romans 3:23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Everyone has sinned, most have sinned a lot. When I sin it is not in a vacuum, that is, my sin will always have a negative impact on others, what I choose to do or not do that is wrong brings consequences into the lives of people around me, most of whom I know and love. And on the flip side, I have for all my life since the day I have been born experienced consequences because of the sins of others, some that I know and others that I have never met. It all began with Adam, the first man, who disobeyed God, and ate the forbidden fruit, and I now experience the consequence of his sin every day.
Romans 5:12-18 through one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men. . . by the transgression of the one the many died. . . judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation. . . For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one. . . through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men,
But just the opposite is true as well, when I do good, make right choices, others around me experience the blessings of my righteousness, even as limited as it is. The ultimate example of this is the death of Jesus Christ on the cross for the sins of every person. He could do this because Jesus never sinned, not even a little one, therefore He was able to be my substitute, take my place, and die for my sins. When I recognize my sinfulness and except and believe that Jesus died for me and choose to live for Him, my sins are forgiven and I am given the gift of eternal life in heaven with Him.
Romans 5:6-20 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. . .God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. . .we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. . . For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. . . So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous
Principal #5 – My behavior, choices, and actions influence, impact, and change the lives of those around me. If my life is being lived for the most part righteously, others are blessed because of me, but if my life is characterized by sin and wickedness, many around me will experience the consequences of my choices, we do not live in a vacuum. In a very real way, we are all victims of others, Adam, parents, teachers, pastors, and friends. And, in a very real way we are all positively influenced and blessed by the same.
Principal #6 – I am not motivated to be good because I am afraid of going to hell forever, I am going to heaven because of my faith in Jesus Christ and what He did for me, no good works are required. I am motivated to pursue righteousness because I want to be used to positively change the lives of as many people as possible, as much as possible with my life.
Principle #7 – We are not prisoners; we can escape, change, and grow if we respond to the light that God incrementally brings into our life, some neglect that light and others choose to respond.
how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?