Day Three: Ethics and Dignity

Psalm 146:7-9 (NIV)
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
8 the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the foreigner
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

Ethics are the values of God’s kingdom/God’s justice in action to set things right, to turn this world right side up through his faithful and righteous people.

Dignity is bestowed upon us by our Creator, as each one is created in the image of God. We are to care about others, not because of what they deserve or simply because of their needs, but the imago Dei represented in each human being.

In this passage, how do you see both the upholding of Biblical ethics as well as the divine care related to the dignity of every person made in God’s image?

How does this encourage you to live today pursuing justice?

Let’s surrender our lives once again to the Lord as we sing “Hymn of Surrender” (click here) by Matt Redman.

Prayer: Lord, we’ve been made new with kingdom values produced in our hearts and lives. Help us today to notice what you want us to notice, to act and respond to you and to others as you would have us do! In Jesus’s name, Amen.