Practicing justice. When you think of the Holy Spirit empowering believers, what comes to mind? Extraordinary gifting such as the ability to heal, speak in tongues or prophesy about someone (1 Cor 12 &14)? Or perhaps to preach the gospel with boldness and efficacy even in the presence of real danger, to drive out evil spirits, and do extraordinary acts (Mk 6:6-13)? Or maybe the Spirit gives us assurance of our election as God’s children (Eph 1:13-14, Ro 8:14-16) and furthermore regenerates our hearts so that we are able to resist sin and undergo character change (Gal 5:16, 22-23)? These are all wonderful truths about the Holy Spirit. However, it might shock you to know that perhaps one of the most important characteristics of being empowered by the Spirit has to do with practicing justice. In fact, I would submit that living out the gospel and sustaining our church community may hinge on our understanding and practice of the concept of justice.