Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

 What does it mean in the verse to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly (Micah 6:8)?

This is one of the most popular verses promoting social justice in the Bible. As it reads, “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.” Many desire to know more about what this inspiring verse teaches on the issues of justice, mercy, and humility.

Micah 6 involves a conversation between the Lord and the people of Israel. In verses 1-5 the Lord introduces His case against the disobedient people. Verses 6-7 shows Israel’s response as a series of questions beginning with, “With what shall I come to the Lord?”Verse 6.

First, they ask if God would be satisfied with burnt offerings of year-old calves, offerings required in the Law of Moses. Second, they ask if they should bring “thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil” (verse 7).  Third, they ask whether they should offer their firstborn sons as a sacrifice for God. Would that be enough to cover their sin? Would God be pleased with them then if they sacrifice this loss?

Verse 8 follows with God’s answer, rooted in the Law of Moses: “He has told you, O man, what is good.” In other words, Israel should already have known the answer to their questions. God then says that He did not need or desire their religious rites, sacrifices, or oblations. Instead, the Lord sought Israel’s justice, mercy, and humility.

The answer to Israel’s sin problem was not more numerous or more painful sacrifices. The answer was something much deeper than any religious observance: they needed a change of heart. Without the heart, Israel’s conformity to the Law was nothing more than hypocrisy.

“Act justly” would have been understood by Micah’s audience as living with a sense of right and wrong. In particular, the judicial courts had a responsibility to provide equity and protect the innocent. Injustice was a problem in Israel at that time.

“Love mercy” means “loyal love” or “loving-kindness.” Along with justice, Israel was to provide mercy. Both justice and mercy are foundational to God’s character . God expected 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 them.

“Walk humbly” is a description of the heart’s attitude toward God. God’s people depend on Him rather than their 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 response of a godly heart is outward (do justice), inward (love mercy), and upward (walk humbly).
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Head above water

My Favorite song 🎼lately & I thought I would share…

Songwriters: Avril Ramona Lavigne / Stephan Moccio / Travis Clark

I’ve gotta keep the calm before the storm
I don’t want less, I don’t want more
Must bar the windows and the doors
To keep me safe, to keep me warm
Yeah, my life is what I’m fighting for
Can’t part the sea, can’t reach the shore
And my voice becomes the driving force
I won’t let this pull me overboard
God, keep my head above water
Don’t let me drown, it gets harder
I’ll meet you there at the altar
As I fall down to my knees
Don’t let me drown, drown, drown
Don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me drown
So pull me up from down below
‘Cause I’m underneath the undertow
Come dry me off and hold me close
I need you now, I need you mostGod, keep my head above water
Don’t let me drown, it gets harder
I’ll meet you there at the altar
As I fall down to my knees
Don’t let me drown, drown, drown
Don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me drown
Don’t let me drown, drown, drown
Keep my head above water, above water
And I can’t see in the stormy weather
I can’t seem to keep it all together
And I, I can’t swim the ocean like this forever
And I can’t breathe
God, keep my head above water
I lose my breath at the bottom
Come rescue me, I’ll be waiting
I’m too young to fall asleep
God, keep my head above water
Don’t let me drown, it gets harder
I’ll meet you there at the altar
As I fall down to my knees
Don’t let me drown
Don’t let me drown (don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me drown)
Don’t let me drown (don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me drown)
Keep my head above water, above water…
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God can make changes

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us… but what the change?

Do you want to be more healthy? More patient? More frugal? More Christlike? This verse doesn’t say it is the plans and hope we have in our heart and minds for what we think is next; it is God’s. His changes is far beyond our spectrum of imagination and the slumber of our nightly dreaming. The changes to our lives is upon what man can accomplish by wisdom or bargaining. His salvation alone can turn any doubter into a believer and any sinner into a saint. So never fear your life can’t be changed to be something better. Never doubt either that the love one that you’ve prayed over for years, their heart can’t be softened. Our God is there always, waiting to make these transformations beyond our uninhabited imaginations. Just believe. Have faith.

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10 things God is able…

11 Things God is able to do

Ephesians 3:20

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.

The word “Able” is translated from the word dunatos (in turn from dunamai) which refers to the power one has by virtue of inherent ability and resources. “Able” describes that which has sufficient or necessary power, means, skill, or resources to accomplish an objective.

I am completely persuaded that God is Able

God is able to create something out of nothing

God is able from these stones to raise up children.. Matthew 3:9

God is able to make all grace abound to you

God is able to make all grace abound to you… having all-sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

God is able to deliver

God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand… Daniel 3:17

God is able to give you strength to rise above trials

God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it… 1 Corinthians 10:13

God is able to save

He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them… Hebrews 7:25

God is able to build you up in Grace

I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified… Acts 20:32

God is able to exceed your expectation… He is able to do exceedingly above all you can ask of imagine

The Lord is able to give you much more than this… 2 Chronicles 25:9

God is able to keep you from falling

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy… Jude 1:24

God is able to Guard the good word in you, good deposit in you… to keep you from error

I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. Follow the pattern of he sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within… 2 Timothy 1:12-14

God is able to fulfill His promises

fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised… Romans 4:21

God is able to comfort those who are afflicted

Who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God… 2 Corinthians 1:4

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