ESV - 8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
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I agree with Michael Houdmann. We see it in our court system today where the victim is blamed and the one who did wrong is set free. God is not so much interested in our sacrifices as He is in how we treat others. We have far to much religion, and not enough doing of what the bible says. If we have not love we are nothing but tinkling brass. God looks on our hearts. He knows when we do things that are only trying to make us look more righteous. When we do things because we have real compassion on others and a love in our heart for them it is totaly different. We give freely out of the goodness of our heart with no thought of a reward. We love to give people the benefit of the doubt when they do something against us. We remember that we have our own faults, and we must love others the way Jesus loves us. Humility is the opposite of pride and arragance. Religion does not replace real love. Kindness and mercy should be in the heart of every one that names the name of God. We take pride in our church attendance and the money we give, instead of treating people with kindness. We use Gods laws for our own benefit. We think we are Holy when only God is Holy. When we do right, we take the credit instead of giving the Glory to God. True religion is to visit widows and orphans. True christianity is letting Jesus live out His life through us. If we say we love Him, and do not the things He says, there is something wrong. Love God and you neighbor and you will do well. What if I should memorize the whole bible cover to cover and not do what it says?
Verse 2 of the 6th chapter of Micah says God has a "controversy" with his people, meaning He has a complaint or issue with them. Then in verse 3, He ask "What have I done to you"? In verse 8, He is saying. Here is all I ask: 1 " to do justly". Do comes from a word that has the connotation of produce so He is saying produce justice and live rightly. 2 Then, "to love mercy" meaning to not just show but have a heart of love and kindness. 3 And finally "to walk humbly" meaning to live with reverence and submission to God. To live a life full of justice and showing goodness and kindness to others and being reverent and submissive to God. Is that too much to ask? The passage reminds me of Jesus saying: "My yoke is easy and my burden is light! "
God’s desire for all nations is, “Let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream” (Amos 5:24 nkjv). [Letting 'justice and fairness flow like a river that never runs dry' is an everlasting obligation--for all nations, JFB]. And His standard for us individually is Micah 6:8: “He has shown you, O man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Of course, we can’t “do justly” unless we’ve been justified by faith and are right with God (Ps. 32:1-2; Rom. 4:1-8). And how can we “love mercy” if we’ve not personally experienced God’s mercy (Eph. 2:4; Titus 3:5)? If we want to “walk humbly with [our] God,” we must first bow humbly before Him, confess our sins, and claim His promise of forgiveness (Luke 14:11; James 4:10). O Master, let me walk with Thee, In lowly paths of service free; Tell me Thy secret; help me bear The strain of toil, the fret of care. ~Washington Gladden Our Lord’s parable about the Pharisee and publican in the temple (Luke 18:9-14) illustrates all 3 points. The publican was justified by faith, not by doing the kind of good works that the Pharisee boasted about. Since the publican depended on God’s mercy to save him, he humbled himself before the Lord. The Pharisee, on the other hand, informed God (and whoever was listening in the temple) how good he was and therefore how much he deserved eternal life. —Wiersbe Here, hear a contemporary Christian song concerning Mic. 6:8: God of Justice, Savior to all Came to rescue the weak and the poor Chose to serve and not be served Jesus, You have called us Freely we've received Now freely we will give We must go, live to feed the hungry Stand beside the broken, we must go Stepping forward, keep us from just singing Move us into action, we must go To act justly everyday Loving mercy in every way Walking humbly before You God You have shown us what You require Freely we've received Now freely we will give We must go, live to feed the hungry Stand beside the broken, we must go Stepping forward, keep us from just singing Move us into action, we must go Fill us up and send us out, fill us up and send us out Fill us up, send us out Lord Fill us up and send us out, fill us up and send us out Fill us up and send us out Lord Fill us up and send us out, fill us up and send us out Fill us up, send us out Lord Fill us up, send us out, You fill us up and You send us out Fill us up, send us out Lord, yeah Acting justly, loving mercy We must go, we must go To the broken and the hurting We must go, we must go ~Tim Hughes - God Of Justice - YouTube
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