…Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:16b-17
Hmmm…sounds easy; Right..WRONG!!!
Doing what’s right doesn’t come natural. It is a learned trait and requires a lot of practice. To learn to do right is to carry out the remainder of the scripture…
To defend and promote ones honor. Righting the wrongs of the world; ensuring…
- that people receive their “fair share” of the goods available;
- that people receive “fair treatment” from society’s institutions;
- that people’s actions conform to rules of “fair play”;
- and that any injustices are adequately addressed.
Encourage the Oppressed
Delivering encouragement to those who are hurting or down on their luck by…
- speaking kindness over their lives
- giving them a hand up
- showing compassion
- making eye contact
- delivering a smile
- letting them know you are praying for them
Delivering encouragement differs from enabling or rescuing on in need. Encouragement is offered to promote independence not dependence and it empowers one to take control of their own life.
Defend the Cause of the Fatherless
There are many ways to care for orphans. You can…
- donate to organizations that assist adoptive parents
- volunteer at an orphanage
- sponsor a child through Compassion (many children who are put up for adoption are not orphans-but their families just can’t afford to provide for their basic needs
Plead the Case of the Widow
Being a widow can be so incredibly hard. To have had the love of a man and the relationship that was built on that love suddenly snatched from you can be all but devastating. A widow is bombarded with a grief, loneliness, and desperation at times. What should we as Christians do? We can…
- visit often
- help with household maintenance and upkeep
- assist with yard work
- call and check up often
- send cards
Doing what is right is not easy, it is not convenient, and it takes time and commitment. At times we must put our personal goals and objectives aside and love unconditionally.