A Blessing for Social Justice Advocates
Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.
May God bless you with the courage to speak truth in love, to pray for the provoker of injustice and to walk with wisdom and grace as you advocate for the oppressed.
May you not be tempted to take vengeance upon yourself but trust the one who said never avenge yourselves but leave it to Him.
May the word of God wash over your heart and mind and guide your peace as you encounter the news and social media, may your eyes remain fixed upon Jesus.
May you walk with integrity carrying the torch of truth and justice even in front of those who may mock, abandon or mistreat you.
May God give you the joy of experiencing the honor of identifying with His Son in suffering as you suffer with the oppressed.
May you be able to love, honor and care for the fellow image bearers of Christ as you advocate for them.
My you not fall into the trap of oppressing the very group that you mean to protect and speak for.
May your heart always be tender towards the sweet love of Jesus, and when you’re weary may you return to your first love who is Christ for rest and restoration.
When you’re tempted to give up, to shut down, to build a wall and not let people into your life anymore THEN, may the Lord remind you that “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 THERE IS NO LAW against loving, and being joyful, and seeking peace and patience, being kind and good, being faithful and gentle and having self control. . . NO LAW. . . so may your heart always abound in love.
As you help others realize their privilege to help the marginalized, may you be aware that God is interested in sanctifying you through the process as much as he’s called you to point out the sin of culture. I pray you would abound in love and forgiveness so you may see the face of the savior who loves relentlessly.
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This post is part of a new series we’re running called Everyday Benedictions: Prayers of Blessing for Life’s Varied Vocations. We believe every vocation is ‘holy’ when done unto the Lord and that God graces us with blessing for them all. You can see other posts from the series here: