These Three Things
Written by Kim LaCoste   

“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    

 

The Christian’s spiritual life can be very challenging.  Understanding God’s will and applying it to your life, living as Christ

lived in a world that already rejected Him, and loving others more than yourself can be difficult. There are some common traits that God expects His people to exhibit. In fact, these traits can serve as a blueprint for how Christians can live a life that pleases God and is in line with His will.


 In the book of Micah, we find God reaching out to the children of Israel as He did so many times. Micah 6:6 describes various methods of worship. God details the ways Israel tried to please God, such as giving offerings. However, in Micah 6:8, we find that God requires three things: that we act in a just manner, be loving and merciful, and finally to walk humbly with Him.


First, let’s explore acting in a just manner. One of the things that caused God to be disappointed with the Israelites was their social injustice. The children of Israel failed to recognize and respond to the needs of the poor and oppressed. As God’s representatives to the rest of the world, they were to care for this neglected population. Similarly, we are called to look at those who are less fortunate and in need, to alleviate their burdens.


In this context, we can see that Christ also blessed and served those who were social outcasts, whether due to financial or physical difficulties. Anyone who is a follower of Christ has been called to live in a just manner; as Christ lived. A church or individual that does not serve in this way is not fulfilling the call in Micah 6 to “do justly.”


The second requirement from God is related to the first one. If we are to act in the manner described above, we must show love and mercy toward others. In fact, it may be impossible to act justly unless we can love mercy. This ability can only come from the Holy Spirit imparting the character of Christ in us. The result is a removal of our natural inclination to serve and love oneself. Instead, a desire to serve God’s children begins to develop within us. This desire is essentially the love of God being found in ourselves, creating in us the desire to love mercy and do justly.


Finally, we are called to walk humbly with our God. Throughout the Bible, God states that He is near to the humble and contrite spirit. Additionally, we find that pride is something that God abhors, as evidenced by the fall of Lucifer.


This was seen in Enoch. In the book of Genesis (Chapter 5), we find that God was pleased with Enoch and how he walked with God. How can we have a similar walk with God? Thankfully, God tells us in His Word: if we walk with God, He will be near to us.


In 1 Chronicles 7:14, the first thing that God says His people should do is humble themselves. When this happens, He hears them, He forgives them, and He heals them. God wants to have a relationship with His people and He desires them to approach Him with humility. A humble life is one that depends and relies on God.

 

As Christians, we have the blessing of the Holy Spirit to aid us in our spiritual lives. If we have trouble acting in a just manner, especially for those in need, we can pray to God to help us and He will, through the Holy Spirit. If we struggle to show love and mercy toward others, the Holy Spirit can place God’s love and mercy in us. If we are not able to walk humbly with God and are hindered by our own pride, the Holy Spirit can give us a spirit of humility. God is more than able to bless those who desire to serve Him. By God’s grace, we serve Him through these three things: administering justice; exhibiting love through mercy, and walking humbly.

 

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