Josh Dowton reflects that Justice is part of the work of God’s Kingdom, bringing new life and wholeness.
“Do I offer forgiveness knowing that in doing so the justice and the fairness may not be reciprocal?”
It is when we are caught up in the spirit of forgiveness that justice can flow. Graham and Grant Paulson talk together about the radical idea that because God first forgives us, we can forgive others. They explain how the willingness to forgive is powerful because it is God’s space; and how it opens up the possibility for relationship and reconciliation.
Reflect: Ask God to reveal to you a new area in your life, or in an issue in your wider community, where you might need to give or receive forgiveness.
Act: Take steps to give or receive forgiveness in this area.
Uncle Graham Paulson is the first ever ordained Indigenous Baptist pastor in Australia and has been involved in ministry for over 50 years. He was also Founder and National Co-ordinator of the Aboriginal and Islander Baptist Council of Australia. Grant Paulson is the son of Graham. He is an Aboriginal man, a trained clergyman, and a worshipper in the Aboriginal community of Dhiiyaan. He is working toward a PhD exploring the importance of Aboriginal spirituality and social change. Grant serves as Faith and Development Advisor for World Vision’s Australia Program.
Next week: Kay Goldsworthy explains how God’s justice is mercy, not judgement.