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Amos: The Generosity & Justice of God
God’s call to us is to live out his justice because we live inside his love. When we see the beauty of God’s love for us it leads us toward doing justice for others. A great place to begin understanding how God’s love also means bringing God’s justice into the world is the Old Testament prophet Amos. Amos brought a crucial message to God’s people: their society, families, and personal lives were in great need of social reform. At a time when the Israelites had become comfortable in their consumerism, material wealth, and privileges, God called them to account for how their comfort had led to social corruption. God hates injustice and loves to defend the oppressed. Out of his powerful love he acts justly — he punishes wrongdoing and gives people human rights and dignity. The message of Amos is that, if we have come to know God’s love in Christ, we must join Jesus in bringing social justice to our families, friends, and communities with our entire life. This is the natural outflow of God’s love for us.