How can we act justly? 正しく行動する In our homes, be fair—look for ways to be just. This means just being fair, guided by truth, reason, justice, and fairness. In the society—support the rights of children. Be sensitive to the plight of those who are less fortunate than us. Be fair with our fellow workers. Treat them with respect that is their due. Don’t expect justice back. It would be nice to be treated fairly, but—Jonah was not being fair with is attitude toward the city dwellers. He wanted them just dead.
How can we love mercy? What does mercy look like? 愛の慈悲Years after the death of US President Calvin Coolidge, this story came to light. In the early days of his presidency, Coolidge awoke one morning in his hotel room to find a cat burglar going through his pockets. Coolidge spoke up, asking the burglar not to take his watch chain because it contained an engraved charm he wanted to keep. Coolidge then engaged the thief in quiet conversation and discovered he was a college student who had no money to pay his hotel bill or buy a ticket back to campus. Coolidge counted $32 out of his wallet -- which he had also persuaded the dazed young man to give back! -- declared it to be a loan, and advised the young man to leave the way he had come so as to avoid the Secret Service! (Yes, the loan was paid back.) Today in the Word, October 8, 1992. True mercy…not what he justly needed but mercy—something beyond. Because of the resent events in the US, Billy Graham writes: "My heart aches for America and its deceived people. The wonderful news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to repentance."To Walk humbly with your God! あなたの神とともに謙虚に歩く
There was a minister who said he had a wonderful sermon on humility but was waiting for a large crowd before preaching it. If our own heart does not humble us, some one or something will humble you. The old saying: Be humble or you'll stumble. George Washington Carver, the scientist who developed hundreds of useful products from the peanut: "When I was young, I said to God, 'God, tell me the mystery of the universe.' But God answered, 'That knowledge is reserved for Me alone.' So I said, 'God, tell me the mystery of the peanut.' Then God said, 'Well, George, that's more nearly your size.' And He told me." Adapted from Rackham Holt, George Washington Carver.