Josh Dowton reflects that Justice is part of the work of God’s Kingdom, bringing new life and wholeness.
“God is discerning. And what has God discerned? That everyone is his child.”
What happens when we discover that God’s justice is full of mercy, rather than judgement? And what can we learn about the very nature of God's own love through Christ's example of loving kindness and compassion? Kay Goldsworthy reflects on her own experience of receiving God's forgiveness and mercy, and through that gift, learning what it means for us to show the same.
Reflect: In the neighbourhoods around your church there are people and families who are struggling, where circumstances have left them broken, hurting or destitute. Ask God to show his loving kindness, his mercy, his grace to them. And then prepare yourselves to be part of the answer to that prayer.
Act: Explore how your church can show mercy and compassion to those in your neighbourhood: to meet with them and build friendships; to support them in their needs, particularly those we may perhaps overlook or feel are undeserving of kindness.
Bishop Kay Goldsworthy is an Australian bishop of the Anglican Church of Australia. She is the current Archbishop of Perth in the Province of Western Australia. Upon her installation as Archbishop, on 10 February 2018, she became the first female Archbishop in the Anglican Church of Australia. Previously, she served as Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of Gippsland in the south-eastern Australian state of Victoria. She undertook her theological studies at Trinity College, Melbourne.
Next week: Dr Janice McRandal explores how Jesus’ justice is about liberation, right here and now.