If you were to boil down your life into 3 things that matter most, what would they be?
Why did you pick those 3 things?
According to scripture, God has 3 things that matter most to Him in our lives. That is the focus of our verse for the week:
“He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?”
(Micah 6:8 ESV)
Let’s unpack that verse.
The first two are external, the last on is internal, but they are all action words.
What does it mean to “do justice”? Simply put, it’s a concern for moral rightness, peace, and genuine respect for people. Justice is doing the right thing, the right way, in every situation. It’s about being impartial, and even-handed, fair in all dealings with others.
Think of being in a court of law. Do you want the law to be applied the same way for you as the person next to you? Or do you want the court to apply the law one way to you and another way to the person next to you?
Everyone wants to be treated fairly. God wants us to treat everyone around us fairly, not showing partiality to people we like or admire, but holding everyone (including ourselves) to the same standard. The standard is set by God, not us. If humans set the standard, it could change tomorrow.
God’s standards never change.
It has been said that we want justice for everyone else, but for ourselves, we want mercy. Isn’t that the truth? Mercy is for those times when, despite being treated justly, people to the wrong thing and come to us for mercy.
Mercy is not getting what we deserve.
Think again of standing before a judge, you are guilty of a crime, but the judge pardons you. They have mercy on you and don’t give you what you deserve.
God doesn’t want us to give people what they deserve because God doesn’t give us what we deserve. We all deserve judgement, hell, and punishment for our sins. But God is full of mercy, and longs to wipe our slates clean by the power of the blood of Jesus. Then He wants us to do the same for those around us.
If someone has wronged you, give them mercy. Not because they deserve it, but because God commands it. Because that is what God gives us.
God’s justice and mercy go hand-in-hand. The two are never far from each other, and aren’t you glad?
This is the internal one. Walk Humbly with your God. You don’t know it all, you don’t have all the answers, you don’t always do what is right. God knows this about us. He knows that we are frail and faulty creatures. He accounted for it when He came up with the plan of salvation.
we need God’s help. When we humble ourselves before God, we are admitting that we need His help and are willing to put ourselves under His authority.
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If you are the authority and expert on everything in the universe, then you don’t need God. When we think we don’t need God we are full of pride which blinds and skews our perception, causing us to do the wrong thing.
Walking humbly with God, though internal in nature, will show up in our lives and actions. You can’t walk humbly with your God and be rude and unforgiving to others.
So what was on your list of 3 things? How do they line up with God’s list?
Are you willing to put your list aside and follow God’s instead?
How would our world look if, as believers, we did these three things every day?
Share your story of doing justice, loving mercy, or walking humbly with your God.
Write down these 3 things and keep them in front of you this week.
Watch what God will do as you follow Him this way.