Justice is "the quality of being morally just or righteous, the principle of just dealing, just conduct, integrity, rectitude; the quality of being just, impartial, or fair; the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action, conformity to this principle or ideal; the quality of conforming to law; conformity to truth, fact, or reason."

Justice is an absolute and an abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, a virtue and a Via Christa Degree. One of the four cardinal virtues, justice is observance of the divine law, the state of being righteous or "just before God."

Justice is the conformity of an action to moral right, or to reason, truth, or fact, fairness, correctness, propriety. Justice, with Inspiration and Religion, forms the second lesser trinity of the Via Christa Degrees, whose keynote is Giving.

Edna Lister on Justice

The ideal state of sincerity is never to excuse, explain or justify one's self. If you follow the Master's "yea, yea" and "nay, nay" advice, your justification arrives, and beautifully. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Lectures, January 31, 1933.

If you must justify yourself to the world, then you are still of the world. When you no longer want to justify self, you are then being used by all the Power of God, which is always its own justification. – Edna Lister, Undated Correspondence, 1934.

You can use or abuse justification, which comes under the law of justice: You may use justification to build or to destroy, to clear someone's name with truth, or to tear down their reputation or personality. – Edna Lister, Be-Attitudes, September 12, 1935.

The Master is waiting for you to obey the command of justice, which is perfect balance. – Edna Lister, The Eleventh Commandment, November 24, 1935.

You must be a living expression of justice. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 6, 1937.

The rule in heaven is justice tempered with mercy, not mercy tempered with justice, which does not work, for it is too soft. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 17, 1938.

Only that which is just or true shall last. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 15, 1938.

When you judge another unjustly in anger or make unjust accusations, you send a part of your own soul on a pilgrimage of darkness, and it may be centuries before you can recall it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 24, 1938.

Let us vow never to cause another's tears, or hurt to one of God's children. No justification is worth that. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 24, 1938.

You cannot make anyone conform to Light or justice. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 27, 1938.

God bears the scales of balance in perfect justice, taking the smallest act into the final accounting; no one may gain unlawfully at any time. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 27, 1938.

We worship One God, and One God only, the God of justice for all. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 30, 1938.

In due season, the fruits of pure justice, shall prevail. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 6, 1938.

Judge not by a short span of life, but only in the light of great cycles; thus, you are fully able to withstand all criticism against the perfect and just workings of divine laws. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 14, 1938.

Express only that which is just, perfect and beautiful. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 26, 1938.

God justifies you when you stand in love. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 26, 1938.

Seek ever to so live in the Light so that you will not be found wanting when weighed in the balance, which is exceeding fine, true and just, and God is a most merciful Judge. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 29, 1939.

To be just is the prayer of the judge. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 7, 1939.

Be just, showing mercy to all. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 11, 1940.

It is your plain duty to obey the dictates of truth and justice. – Edna Lister, A Design For Ascension, 1941.

God's Light falls on the just and the unjust alike always, the only difference being in how people use that Light. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 4, 1941.

Be exceptionally just in your dealings, neither over-soft nor over-hard. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 4, 1941.

Use only those words which are true and ever just. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 25, 1941.

We shall each receive full justification for our sacrifices, someday. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 3, 1941.

Treatment for darkness of any kind: Lift and treat. If it is justice, it comes through the golden silence, and it will be done. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 6, 1941.

Unjust gains shall be taken away eventually, and the "years the locusts have stolen" shall be abundantly restored; whatever the just have worked for shall come to pass. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 12, 1942.

We seek to exalt truth, to justify honor, loyalty and truth. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 3, 1942.

Hold yourself firmly to eliminate the past weaknesses. Hold the middle line in justice and mercy, but be firm in your justice. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 13, 1942.

You are indeed free when you free yourself by fully acknowledging past rebellion against others' unjust doings. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 1, 1942.

Love never seeks to justify itself, or explain; love needs no reason for love. Love is. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 19, 1943.

The truth you follow justifies your stand through the test of time. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 21, 1943.

See only Light, truth and justice, and use them in faith, love and compassion. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 28, 1944.

Pure wisdom and absolute justice leave no room for anything of earth; all things are forever in the Light and nothing may be hidden. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 30, 1944.

Self always seeks to justify all it has done, both to itself, others and God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 2, 1944.

It is not condemnation to judge the self, but justice. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 10, 1945.

No excuse, justification or explanation is ever legal. Just say, "I have sinned, Father" when you are at fault, then go and sin no more. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 11, 1945.

Force is justified only when the outcome is successful. The use of force to bring a soul through is justified only by success. Success of soul work is this: that the consciousness can hold the point of vision and glory to which it is forced. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 19, 1945.

Law is just and impersonal. You must conform to it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 22, 1945.

Be sure your love is great enough to stand firmly on justice. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 18, 1946.

To ascend, it is necessary to stand under all blame and reprimand, offering no excuses, no justification and no explanations. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 30, 1947.

At no time may you excuse, explain or justify self. Do nothing before "I accept." Let the other fellow excuse, explain and justify. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 8, 1947.

Tests will come until nothing in you remains to excuse, explain, modify, justify or think of self. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 20, 1947.

Stand on principle always. In this way, you gradually build a reputation of justice, honor and truthfulness. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 27, 1947.

People must justify self to live with self. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 30, 1947.

In lifting, it is best that you like pure justice that considers facts only, without personality added. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 20, 1947.

Love fulfills the law, and time justifies or proves it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 10, 1949.

Justice tempered with mercy and compassion is the rule in heaven. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 15, 1950.

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone. – John 8:7. When you criticize or judge a personal judgment, you cannot escape the reaction of law unless you pass the initiation. The law then legalizes your judgment as justice tempered by mercy. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 4, 1951.

God justifies the one who steps up to become Godlike. – Edna Lister, Be-Attitudes, June 12, 1951.

When there is no justice, betrayal is honor. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 19, 1951.

You must walk as justice, tempered with mercy, cover others' transgressions, move up in consciousness in love, and take the blame. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 6, 1954.

Once you sign the vows and covenants with your souls, the divine principle of justice shows you your selfish faults and brings you back in line. – Edna Lister, The Open Door, November 20, 1955.

Social justice comes from living in the Christ Light. – Edna Lister, Our Divine Gift, December 25, 1955.

You must allow justice time to work its beauties. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 25, 1956.

Law is justice itself. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 25, 1956.

Ascension trains you to dispense justice, covered with love, enfolded in mercy under a very positive firmness. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 14, 1957.

Justice emanates from the innermost Mind of the Supreme Father, who is the supreme judge of all actions and things. Perfection dwells within justice, for to measure the exactitude of action requires knowledge of all things, and this is possible only for Him from Whom no secrets are hid. Perfect knowledge is a prerequisite for perfect justice. Earth law seems a mockery at times, for it must guess at the truth. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 8, 1959.

Justice is stainless honor of soul above all, expressed as loyalty to God as your Source first, before earthly loyalties. – Edna Lister, What Is Symbolism, October 6, 1959.

Injustice is the death of moral being; it is moral evil, falsehood in action. Every false word is an injustice. – Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of the Via Christa, October 20, 1959.

When the right to know conflicts with the basic right of justice, the right to know must always yield. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 17, 1959.

You always collect your earned interest, and receive pure justice under God's balanced law. – Edna Lister, Miracles Through Comprehension, July 10, 1960.

Justice demands that he who created the evil should pay the debt. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 16, 1960.

When you involve no personality in "it," you are justice itself. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 20, 1963.

It takes two years of rigid training to begin to comprehend what true justice really is – selfless, blameless, loving, firm justice. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 13, 1966.

Love administered without justice turns to evil. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 26, 1967.

Change is justifiable only when it is good for all, and based on justice. – Edna Lister, Daniel's Dream of the Four Beasts, December 8, 1970.

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How to Conquer Self-justification

When someone says, "I cannot do this. I have tried everything. I can't see how it can be done," then you know that he is justifying himself for not fulfilling his mission, being lukewarm and indifferent. This is just "thinking about it." His soul and conscious mind are reacting to the domineering self and subconscious mind, which says, "I won't." He must arise to the switchboard above, plug in the lines of his faculties, and face himself in acceptance. In other words, he must be above his own head and look down, just as a ship's captain remains on a bridge and sends orders to the engine room. The captain is not controlled by the engine room, the solar plexus, the seat of emotion. This is how the soul conquers the self. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 29, 1945.

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Declaration for Justice

Every thought and word goes around earth five times and returns to you. Your vibration goes out to the world and returns to you, so it's best to declare, "This is perfect under the laws of divine justice." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 5, 1950.

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Pioneering Mystics on Justice

Justice and mercy are attributes of God, absolute in the Godhead, but relative in man. The greatest act of mercy that God ever dispensed was in sending His First Begotten Son to earth. Justice dictated that God must give earth another chance. While many leaders of ascension on earth had fallen under the beguilement of evil, not all had. The innocent must be given an opportunity to choose between good and evil.

Justice is "the quality of being morally just or righteous, the principle of just conduct, integrity, or rectitude." Justice is observance of the divine law, the state of being righteous or "just before God," the conformity of your thoughts, words and actions to moral right, or to truth. Divine justice always brings you before the bar of judgment.

Mercy means "compassionate treatment, clemency; a disposition to be kind and forgiving." However, only perfect surrender, repentance and devotion to God can turn the divine judgment into mercy. Justice, without compassion or mercy, is selfishness, indifference or downright cruelty. Mercy, not grounded and based upon justice, is sloppy sentimentality and breeds greater weakness in the giver and receiver of that mercy.

To understand justice and mercy, you must first understand what law is, and how to apply logic and reason in your understanding of law. Law is "a rule of conduct imposed by authority, that which is considered right or proper; justice or correctness of conduct." Divine law is the body of commandments which express the will of God concerning our conduct.

Law is the orderly unfolding of God’s Mind to man. God’s Mind is the balance of Wisdom’s unfailing principles and laws with Love’s sustaining and enfolding life, and Power’s animating activity. God derives varying degrees of law from principle to govern, regulate and control the action of creators, man, for example. Logic, which is the set of absolute abstract principles that govern and balance reasoning, is a means of distinguishing correct from incorrect reasoning, and enables us to apply abstract principle to daily living. Logic reflects absolute principle as the Word, the Logos. Reason, which deals with the changeable relative, is the intellectual faculty we use to adapt thought or action to some end, and is based on man-made premises and outer facts. Reason opens the Light on our Path. All reasoning is thinking, but not all thinking is reasoning, because not all thoughts are necessarily conscious. Reason is consciously applying abstract principles in a relative way to gain understanding. When reason refuses to be guided by logic, the result is opinion and prejudice, which usually cause hopeless confusion. – Edna Lister.
Law is a description of reality. Law is justice itself. To apply justice or mercy, you must know how to apply logic and reason in your life You must know how to judge a situation, and event, a person’s actions, and your own. To judge is a transitive verb, one that transfers action from subject to object. To judge is "to form an opinion or estimation of after careful consideration, judging character; to pass sentence on; condemn; to determine or declare after consideration or deliberation."

The exact prescription for judging a righteous judgment is, first and foremost, to judge yourself, your reaction to what has happened, before you pass unrighteous judgment. Dispense with all personal considerations: How does what Joe did or say affect me? This egocentric view must change to: How does what Joe said or did accord with divine law? How do his actions, his words accord with reality? What is real in this? Such an appraisal disengages emotional reaction.

Mercy is poorly understood. Most people equate it with permissiveness, or use it as an excuse to serve as some bully’s doormat. You could write a book on "How to Stop Being a Doormat," or "Creator Gods Don’t Walk on Other People." Whichever slant you choose, it still remains a matter of justice and mercy, rigor and clemency, severity and mildness. God does not walk on anyone, nor does He ask you to let the little self-appetitive soul of anyone else make you a doormat to use in wiping their feet. God does not ask you to passively accept the rudeness of others, nor does His law permit you to dispense rudeness without a reaction of that law.

Edna Lister said, “The law of cause and effect is God’s justice, in the form of law.” One law that bears directly on absolute personal responsibility is the hallmark of a Master of Law: You can always do or say a thing, but once you have said it or done it, you cannot undo it. Absolute personal responsibility is part of the definition of honor, which is the hallmark of Oversoul: "Honor above all things."

The best way to avoid obstacles in life is to: Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. – Luke 6:37-38.

When you begin to work with law, and live in conscious obedience to it, you open the mercy faucet. The rule in heaven is justice tempered with mercy, for mercy tempered with justice is not strong enough to hold the other soul. Every child will hold its parent’s failures in justice and mercy against them. You may not use your own definitions of what is right or just, then call them God’s. Nor may you call retaliation and revenge justice. You may not apply permissiveness and call that mercy either. Being either a wimp or a bully is wrong. This includes emotional manipulation of others as well.

God holds us, as descended creators, to a higher standard than anyone else in Creation, and this is an honor! Our Master lived with us, taught us, and teaches us still. Admission is free. Nothing can stop us from hearing him but us, our own weak, petty, nasty self. He is the Logos, the Word, the logic template. God lives in your mind. You cannot have a mind that is separate from divine Mind. God can be your thoughts. God can be your love, flowing as mercy.

"In the scales of justice you are to weigh the facts and the law alone, nor place in either scale personal friendship or personal dislike, neither fear nor favor: and when reformation is no longer to be hoped for, you are to smite relentlessly with the sword of justice.” – Albert Pike.

The Master dispensed mercy in his relentless justice of whipping the moneychangers from the Temple. It gave us a lesson to last throughout eternity. He had seen their injustice as a boy of thirteen, becoming a bar mitzvah in Jerusalem. Twenty years later, he dispensed the justice of God. He must have thought about the moneychangers for years, before he acted.

Your body is a temple of the living God, as is your heart and mind. You must root out your own emotional and mental moneychangers. Ascension empowers you to resurrect every vibration you have murdered or allowed to die of benign neglect, if you so desire, then apply your God-given free will to accomplish. What will you choose? Death in a tomb, sealed with the stone of self, or the life immortal, everlasting, and eternal?
– Linda Mihalic, Justice and Mercy, April 4, 2004.

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New Testament on Justice

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. – Luke 16:10.

If thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. – Matthew 18:15-17.

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Old Testament on Justice

Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked. – Exodus 23:7. [The Lord will not justify the wicked.]

Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbor. – Leviticus 19:15.

Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure. Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have: I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt. – Leviticus 19:35-36.

The Word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. – Psalm 33:4-5.

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. – Psalm 37:5-6.

The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. – Psalm 103:6.

Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. When wisdom enters into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul. – Proverbs 2:9-10.

Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment. – Proverbs 13:23. [Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, and for lack of justice there is waste.]

He that justifies the wicked, and he that condemns the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord. – Proverbs 17:15.

To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. – Proverbs 21:3.

The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment. – Proverbs 21:7.

It is joy to the just to do justice. – Proverbs 21:14.

Evil men understand not judgment [justice]: but they that seek the Lord understand all things. – Proverbs 28:5.

Every man’s judgment [justice] comes from the Lord. – Proverbs 29:26

An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked. – Proverbs 29:27.

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Justice in Other Sacred Writings

There is an exquisite subtlety, and the same is unjust; and there is one who turns aside to make judgment appear; and there is a wise man who justifies in judgment. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 19:25.

They who fear the Lord shall find judgment, and shall kindle justice as a light. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 32:16.

Cease loving the flesh and being afraid of sufferings; you have yet to be abused and accused unjustly, to be shut up in prison, condemned unlawfully, crucified without reason, and buried by the evil one. – The Apocryphon of James, Codex I, 2.

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Etymology of justice: Latin justitia, "righteousness, equity, "from justus, "upright, just."

Justice is an absolute principle.

Justice is an abstract principle.

Justice is a law of being.

Justice is a law of doing.

Justice is a Via Christa Degree.

Justice is a soul virtue.


Though the mills of God grind slowly,
Yet they grind exceeding small;
Though with patience He stands waiting,
With exactness grinds He all.
Friedrich von Logau


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