God's Instruction

He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8 NKJV


A devotion for August 28th through September 3rd


I was thinking about Micah 6:8 and what it says God requires of us. Many people think God is a tyrant, demanding way more than we can do. There are so many Bible verses that speak very differently, and Micah 6:8 is no exception.

God asks us to “do justly.”  What does that mean? It means be kind, do the right thing even if no one is watching. After all, God is always watching.  We should always do unto others as we would want them to do to us. (Luke 6:31) If we want others to treat us well then shouldn’t we treat them well?  It makes complete sense. Not to mention, when we are kind to others, it blesses both parties and improves both lives.

Love mercy. For me, this part speaks of loving our Heavenly Father who is so merciful toward us. We, who are sinners and so not deserving, are forgiven, granted mercy. God loves us and wants to give us mercy. Loving the mercy that He has shown through Jesus, shows that we also love Him. He is love and wants us to love Him just as He loves us.

To walk humbly. This is so important. It is far greater to be humble. We should not boast as boasting says we are the ones who have done whatever great thing has been done.  We, as sinners, forget that we can do nothing without Him. With Him, we can do all things. (Philippians 4:13)

In all things, praise God. Be kind to others, love mercy and the One who has given it to us, and walk with humility knowing anything we have, we have because of His love.

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