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Responding to Injustice, Part 2
November 14, 2016

My two older children are learning how to share with their youngest sister. The youngest, who is 19 months old presently, has recently cultivated a new tactic for dealing with the injustice of having her toys snatched. She pulls out the biting tactic when she is particularly frustrated.  So on the topic of injustice, whose heart do I, as the parent, need to deal with? The toy snatchers? Or the biter? I have to deal with both parties. 

 

First, I make it very clearly known to the two older, bigger children that snatching is unacceptable. The ‘treat others as you would like to be treated’ lecture ensues, followed by a ‘time out’ away from the toys. I want them to understand with all certainty that there are consequences for treating others unjustly. Similarly, if you are being treated unjustly, know this for certain… The foundation of God’s throne is righteousness and justice and vengeance belongs to the Lord. If you are experiencing oppression, you can take heart because God sees everything and he will reward your oppressors according to their deeds if they don’t repent. If you think it is okay to bully and oppress people you shall most certainly reap what you sow!

 

Secondly, I have to deal with the biter, who took matters into her own hands. I am training her to come to me or daddy if her siblings are treating her unfairly. She must learn that taking matters into her own hands will never solve the problem. The anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God (James 1:20). In other words, taking your own vengeance makes matters worse, not better. The saying goes, “two wrongs, does not make a right.” Similarly, if you are being oppressed, the bible says that you “have an advocate with Father” (1 John 2:1) Jesus Christ stands at the ready, next to the throne of God, to release the justice of God into your situation if you will simply ask Him for it. 

 

Luke 18:7 says, “Will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off?” The next line of that passage states, “He will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith in the earth?” God wants to make things right according to His standards, but He is looking for people that will actually believe for Him to do so. I encourage you, where you see injustice, cry out for God’s solution day and night and believe that He longs to bring transformation according to His design.

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