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.

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Book Party Update: My book party on Thursday and Friday last week went very well. Between the two days we had a little more than a hundred attendees and signed about 75 books. Thanks for the prayers and for all those reading this who came out.
More than signing books, though, the real blessing came from the individuals who showed up to support me. There were a few surprises that really put a smile on my face and made my evening a little extra special. These book events are always about the people, and that’s the way it should be.
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About mikedellosso

Mike Dellosso is an author of wide-eyed suspense. He writes stories that not only entertain but enlighten.

Posted on March 15, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Amen. Thanks for this verse. And congrats on your book party. May God bless your book and your writing!!

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  2. Thank you for sharing this verse and your spot-on thoughts, Mike. It’s particularly meaningful to me during this Lenten season. I’ve committed to spending some time fasting while I’m trying to understand its purpose. The Lord put Isaiah 58 in front of me as my guide for learning. Guess what kind of fasting God desires? Yep, the type that causes us to embrace justice, kindness, and humility.I’m a good person who finds it too easy to ignore the needs of others. I, too, want to do a better job of practicing these attributes in my everyday life.

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