Do Justly. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly.
Here’s a verse I love. Always have.
“He has showed you, O man, 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
It’s a question we all have: Lord, what do you want of me?
Here’s the answer plain as day. Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly with God.
I did a quick study of each of those words and here’s what I found.
Justly: Doing the right thing. It’s the same word used in Genesis 18:25 when it says, Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is right? The “do” in front of it makes it an action. Don’t just think about what the right thing to do is, don’t wish you could do the right thing, don’t just talk about . . . by golly DO the right thing. Put some shoe leather to it and get it done.
Mercy: Showing kindness or pity, the same shown to us by God. Again, this is an action. HAVE pity, then SHOW kindness. The “love” in front of the word is a strong attraction kind of love, even a sexual desire kind of love. We aren’t just supposed to show mercy when it’s convenient or easy, we are to LOVE showing mercy. We are to feel very strongly and be very attracted to showing mercy.
Humbly: Submission. Easy as that. It’s recognizing our position in regards to God. We are nothing; He is everything. And we submit ourselves to His will and desire for our life. This is a willful act of submission, not done out of duty or compulsion.
If Christians everywhere would practice these three things we’d all be a lot better off and God would be glorified tremendously in our lives.
I, for one, am going to start consciously implementing these three things into my everyday life. Doing the right thing. Showing kindness. Submitting to God.