Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

Tracey Krause

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I love this verse from Micah 6:8 promoting social justice, 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 is our answer to how to please the Lord. The answer is not more ritual or sacrifices, or indeed, external religious rites or poses. Instead, the Lord is looking for us to offer and have justice, mercy, and humility. The response of a heart dedicated to pleasing God is outward (do justice), inward (love mercy), and upward (walk humbly).

Act Justly

To act justly is to act from a sense of right and wrong. In particular, the courts and government have a responsibility to provide equity and protect the innocent. Injustice was a problem in ancient days and remains so today.

Love Mercy

act justlyMercy contains the Hebrew word hesed, which means “loyal love” or “loving-kindness.” Along with justice, we are to provide mercy. Both justice and mercy are foundational to God’s character. God expects His people to show love to their fellow man and to be loyal in their love toward Him, just as He had been loyal to us.

Walk Humbly

This is a description of our heart’s attitude toward God. We depend on Him rather than on our own abilities. Instead of taking pride in what we bring to God, we humbly recognize that no amount of personal sacrifice can replace a heart committed to justice and love. The message of Micah is so pertinent today. Religious rites, no matter how extravagant, can never compensate for a lack of love. Compliance to rules is not as valuable in God’s eyes as a humble heart that simply does what is right.SaveSaveSave

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  • What a perfect printable. I will frame it in my living room.

    Brian Fleming

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