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)
Being Christian is not only a matter of formal religious worship:
it involves obedience towards God,
which in turn means
practising justice and benevolent love towards our neighbour
as we walk, with total humility and submission,
with the Master
along His way.
Today’s verse provides us with three areas of advice
on how we Christians are to live our lives
– in whatever situation we find ourselves in.
To act justly,
we must live our life according to Jesus’ golden rule:
"In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you." (Mat 7:12)
This clearly means that I should treat others with love
irrespective of how they treat me.
Acting justly means that I must always try to treat others
in the way I would want to be treated myself.
To love mercy,
we must be ready and willing to forgive all others,
for all the hurts they may cause me, big and small.
Just as God has forgiven me,
and because He requires us to love one another,
I must always bring myself to willingly forgive.
I must not base my forgiveness
on whether or not I think others deserve it,
but on the fact that it is what God wants
and it is also because forgiveness and healing are essential
for love and peace to reign in my heart
and in my relationships.
To walk humbly with your God.
We must never forget that we are nothing without God.
All we are and all we have are gifts from God.
I know that the love I can share with others
is possible only because God first loved me
and because I know that God is the source of all true love.
To walk humbly with God
means gladly accepting the love God gives me
and sharing it with family and friends,
and with all those I encounter in my life in Christ.
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Lord Jesus, grant that I will always act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with You.