“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Micah 6:8

TODAY’S WORD…

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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.

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– Micah 6:8 (NIV)

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REFLECTION…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Lord Jesus, grant that I will always act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with You.

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