So you, by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God. —Hosea 12:6

            We are to hold fast to love (I Corinthians 13).   We are to hold fast to justice (Micah 6:8). We are to wait continually for God (Psalm 27:14).

            Loving God, as we have mentioned before, “is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself”’ (Matthew 22:38-39). Hold fast to loving God. Hold fast to loving people. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:34-35).

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. —I John 4:7-12

            Justice is not to be perverted. “This is what the LORD says: ‘Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed”’ (Isaiah 56:1). The greatest perversion of justice was when Jesus was sentenced to be crucified— He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth” (I Peter 2:22).   “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth” (Acts 8:22). It is sad that we live in a time, in a world where, for a bribe, many are quick to pervert justice— “Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent” (Deuteronomy 16:19). Oh, how we have seen too much of justice perverted in our time!

            But we are to wait on God. He will have the last say. He will set all things right. That day is coming. Oh yes, what a glorious day when final justice will take place and then there will be perfection. Sin and wickedness will no longer exist. Oh glorious day to be with Jesus and all who love Him! We are waiting for You Lord and Dear Father as we wait may we be found faithful when You do come. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son.   Yes, so be it!

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