The Bible gives significant examples of the balance between justice, mercy, and walking faithfully with God.
In the Old Testament, the prophet Micah wrote, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8 NIV).
In the New Testament, Jesus said, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former” (Matthew 23:23 NIV).
Here are six Bible studies that will help you explore and apply these important topics. Strenthen your personal spiritual journey so that God's justice, mercy and faithfulness overflows into your nursing practice.
The studies are broken into couplets. Each topic of justice, mercy and faith will be examined first from a patient care perspective with a clinical application. The second study will take an interpersonal perspective, with internal and external applications for your daily life.
May the Lord speak clearly to you and your NCF group as you open yourself to God’s Word!
In Luke 13:10-17, we see that Jesus advocated for people, even if it went against the social norms. In nursing, how can we assist patients who may need an advocate in their care? Download PDF.
Jesus had a lot to say about judging others in Matthew 7:1-5. Here is a reminder to examine ourselves before being critical of others. Download PDF.
Jesus is merciful when he meets a persistent woman in Matthew 15:21-28. How can learning to see others through God’s eyes propel us towards mercy and advocacy? Download PDF.
The psalmist reminds us that because of God’s compassion for us, we should gladly extend and show mercy and compassion to others. Download PDF.
In James 1:19-27, we see that our faith is expressed in how we listen, speak and act, not just in what we believe or think. Download PDF.
Through the Holy Spirit, we can live a faithful life that impacts those around us. Galatians 5:13-26 points the way. Download PDF.
Check out the Leader Notes for helpful tips on guiding a group discussion for each Bible study. Download PDF.