Restorative Justice

When justice is tempered with compassion…transformation is possible.

(Listen to my song “Mercy Reigns” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Psalm 101:1-2

I sing of mercy and justice; to you, LORD, I sing praise. I study the way of integrity.

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We all know that we need justice.

No one wants injustice or chaos.

But justice without mercy is not the answer.

We need justice that both protects society and at the same time tries to rehabilitate and restore those who break the law.

Retributive justice leaves the offender in ruins.

As people of God, we need to recognize the dignity of all human beings…even those who do wrong.

God loves all people…and we are called to do the same.

Jesus pointedly tells us to “love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44).

God’s justice is restorative.

It is meant to return the offender to wholeness.

It takes great patience and integrity.

One of the definitions of integrity is: “The state of being whole and undivided.”

Two synonyms are “togetherness” and “solidarity.”

Look at how Jesus dealt with the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11).

He did not condemn her…showing her mercy by creatively heading off her execution that the letter of the law demanded.

But he also told her clearly that she must change her ways…and to “sin no more.” 

It is not easy to be both just and compassionate…but our Christian calling demands it.

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Listen to the song of the day “Mercy Reigns” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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