What is Justice
Justice is to set things right. The Bible has given us a standard to live by.
As Christians, when you see unrighteousness, you should have the discernment to know that it is unjust.
God is loving, kind, merciful, holy, and just. His work is perfect, and His ways are justice. He defines the standard for Biblical justice.
God will always bring justice and righteousness to all situations. He will bring justice to the weak and fatherless and justice to the strong. God's heart towards social justice is boundless.
What the Bible Says About Social Justice
Social justice is
"justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society."
When you see human trafficking, you know it's unjust. When you see fraud, you know it's evil. When you see the vulnerable exploited, you know God hates it.
As we examine the Bible, Jesus always called out injustices and confronted evil. He cared for the vulnerable and made wrongs right.
As the body of Christ, we must make it a mission to embrace the cause of Jesus Christ. The goal is to see changed lives.
This initiative might mean volunteering for a prison fellowship or to be caring for the poor. Treat every person with kindness and mercy and answer humbly with your God's love in mind. Give freely to the afflicted and the destitute. Focus on bringing the good news to the poor. God's love abides with all His children.
In today's Bible study, we will learn about how God establishes justice. God cares about righteousness and justice. He will execute justice in all circumstance:
Bible Verses on Social Justice
He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.
Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:
Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
4. Amos 5:7 KJV
Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,
Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.
The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.
But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
12. Luke 6:37 KJV
Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
13. Romans 13:4 KJV
For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
14. Psalms 82:3 KJV
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
17. Psalms 33:5 KJV
He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
18. Amos 5:14 KJV
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.
19. Psalms 34:14 KJV
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
21. Isaiah 30:18 KJV
And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the Lord your God.
24. Matthew 7:4 KJV
Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
25. Isaiah 61:1 KJV
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
26. Acts 2:45 KJV
And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;
28. Isaiah 42:3 KJV
A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.
30. Amos 5:11 KJV
Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.
31. Psalms 89:14 KJV
Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the Lord your God.
O house of David, thus saith the Lord; Execute judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.
Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
36. Isaiah 56:1 KJV
Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
37. Amos 5:24 KJV
But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
38. Exodus 23:9 KJV
Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow's raiment to pledge:
40. Romans 12:19 KJV
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
42. Romans 10:12 KJV
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
43. Amos 5:12 KJV
For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.
He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
45. 1 John 3:17 KJV
But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
46. Micah 6:8 KJV
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the Lord your God.
Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
51. Exodus 23:3 KJV
Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause.
Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen.
53. Matthew 5:3 KJV
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Thus saith the Lord; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.
He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
56. Matthew 7:12 KJV
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
58. James 1:27 KJV
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
60. Psalms 106:3 KJV
Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the Lord.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
64. Isaiah 61:8 KJV
For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.
66. Isaiah 1:17 KJV
Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.