Amidst the good desires and righteous hopes and good actions of many, along with the hurtful and frightening actions, and the elevation tensions, what does this passage from the apostle Paul say to you about justice?
Romans 13:8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. 9 For this, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
The one thing we are indebted to give to one another is love.
Not sentimental affections, but lovingkindness—love in action.
Agape love acts justly. Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love prevents one from stealing from another, from cheating on our wife, or taking another person's life.
Does love abuse it's power? Never.
Does love harass based on a person's skin color? Never.
Does love vandalize innocent people's property and destroy their businesses? Never.
The apostle Paul gives us a righteous understanding of justice.
Justice acts in love. Love fulfills the Law.
Love your neighbor, black and white, believer and unbeliever, rich and poor, conservative and progressive, deserving and undeserving; you'll be like your Father in heaven and you'll act justly.
According to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, more than refraining from evil, love is known for the good that it does.
"Love is patient" when something drives you crazy and everyone around us loses their patience.
"Love is kind" when one probably deserves a good beating.
"Love is not arrogant" enough to think oneself or one's tribe superior to another.
"Love does not act unbecomingly" even if the whole world engages in shameful behavior.
"Love is not provoked" to hateful speech or to act contrary to Christ.
And while laws and people and courts and politics and a whole nation may fail, "love never fails."
While so many justify certain injustices in their pursuit of justice, let ours be a righteous pursuit of racial justice marked by God's Spirit both leading us and bearing in our lives the marks of His leadership, which is love.