Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly

March 29, 2020

“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.” Micah 6:8

In Micah 6, the prophet presents a long list of things the Lord does not need or want: meaningless sacrifices and offerings.  Finally, at the end of the list, the prophet makes clear what God really desires: justice, mercy, and humbleness from his people.

Sometimes we hear people joke about how they come to church just to pay their dues, as if God is appeased by someone coming once a week to pay an offering. This is not how the Bible presents our relationship with God at all. The Bible shares that our God far desires goodness from his people over and above meaningless offerings.

Pause for a moment and ask yourself: What does it look like to act with justice in my own life? Where have I been unjust? What does it look like to love mercy? Where have I been unmerciful?  What does it look like to walk humbly in my life?  Where have I been proud and self-centered?

In asking yourself these questions, and then turning towards justice, mercy, and humbleness, you will find yourself living in the Lord’s ways.

Pastor Matt Knopf

1 thought on “Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly”

  1. Thank you Pastor for your insight. My name is Jorge and I came across your page as I was researching the topic of “walking humbly before God”.
    For several years now during November and December, I have tried to open my heart and and ears to the leading of the spirit as I chose a theme to carry me into the new year. Sort of like an anchor verse or theme for the entire year. In 2023 the guiding theme was “..and the waters receded.”

    It was not until the end of December that the theme of walking humbly before God was impressed upon my spirit. Your question helped me frame what this will look like in 2024.

    Be abundantly blessed…Jorge

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