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Nov 19

Mercy and Justice

Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

micahThis coming weekend I will be on a retreat. The images I’m featuring on #mysilentscream this week will be from works of “art” I created on various TreeHouse staff retreats.

When my friend Jill Lacher first challenged us to do art I laughed. “I am not artistic. I got Ds in art class, and I earned them.”

In time I learned that I had an artistic eye, but not like in art studios, museums or hanging on walls.

I learned to put words on paper that reached deep into my creative soul.

In the center is one of the benchmarks for my life, the words God inspired Micah the Hebrew prophet to write: “No, O people, the LORD has already told you what is good, and this is what he requires: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” 1

Though this “art” sat collecting dust for the last decade, this week it’s coming into the light. Micah’s words captivated my artistically-challenged heart, and my soul spoke up.

This is the call of Christ on my life. This motivates who I am, what I do, what I say. This is why I work at TreeHouse and when God calls elsewhere this will be why.

It is a difficult balance to strike; to seek justice and mercy at the same time. Even though it is only three things they are the very things that go against  our sin nature.

They are the kinds of things that can only come through the power of Christ in my life for when I attempt to do it on my own, I am tempted to seek my own justice which doesn’t involve much mercy or humility.

#mysilentscream: Balancing mercy and justice is an art.

1 – Micah 6:8, NLT

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