Social Justice Project #29

The Attributes of God and Justice

Part 8: Gracious

God possesses attributes which are characterized in two categories: incommunicable and communicable. Those attributes which are incommunicable are those that He holds uniquely to Himself and does not share to any degree with human beings. An attribute which is communicable is one that God possesses and exemplifies but is also one which humanity can possess to a degree.

The heart of the Christian message is that God has extended His grace toward humanity through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul said that He did this even while we were sinners (Romans 5:8). Because we could not merit or earn a right relationship with God, He has extended grace to us as a gift (Ephesians 2:8). It is also a function of His grace that He convicts individuals of their sin and the provision of salvation.

Because God has shown grace to us, we can be gracious with all people and seek just relationships with them. “If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone” (Rom. 12:18, HCSB). When confronted with injustice, we should not respond in kind, but come back with the gracious response of love for the sinner, thus reflecting the grace extended to us by God.

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