Wednesday, August 26, 2009

W.o.G. Wednesday: Micah 6:8

For some reason, this verse keeps streaming through my head so I thought it should be my Word of God Wednesday post for this week.

Micah 6:8
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.
I love how this verse is written. On first glance it seems so easy and straight forward. God shows us what is good in His sight and then tells us to do it. Simple as that, right?

If only! Broken down I wonder and contemplate each part:
  • To act justly

  • To love mercy

  • To walk humbly
Definitions, please!

Justly: just 1 (jst)
1. Honorable and fair in one's dealings and actions: a just ruler. See Synonyms at fair1.
2. Consistent with what is morally right; righteous: a just cause.
3. Properly due or merited: just deserts.
4. Law Valid within the law; lawful: just claims.
5. Suitable or proper in nature; fitting: a just touch of solemnity.
6. Based on fact or sound reason; well-founded: a just appraisal.


n. pl. mer·cies
1. Compassionate treatment, especially of those under one's power; clemency.
2. A disposition to be kind and forgiving: a heart full of mercy.
3. Something for which to be thankful; a blessing: It was a mercy that no one was hurt.
4. Alleviation of distress; relief: Taking in the refugees was an act of mercy.

Humble: hum·ble (hmbl)
adj. hum·bler, hum·blest
1. Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful.
2. Showing deferential or submissive respect: a humble apology.
3. Low in rank, quality, or station; unpretentious or lowly: a humble cottage.

How can I act justly, love mercy, and still be humble on a daily basis? To act justly but to be merciful is to emulate my God--he is a Just but Merciful and Graceful God who loves me because He sent His blameless Son, Jesus Christ, to humbly die for my sins!

I think that, for me, the last two go hand in hand. To love mercy is to be full of mercy and that means to be as generous with mercy and grace as my Savior is to me.

And then, even if I think I am doing the righteous godly thing by being merciful, I need to walk humbly, knowing that I am only able to show mercy because I have experienced such grace and mercy from my Savior, Jesus Christ.

What are your thoughts on this verse? I'd love to hear them!

3 people think...:

Julia said...

I think about this verse as reminding me that being quick to judge and full of gossip is not God's idea of walking with Him humbly. Even those of us who love the Lord are guilty of these things. God has blessed us with so much on this earth, and He has provided us the Holy Spirit and each other as community...yet, we treat each other unjustly and do not love humbly. Be quick to forgive your brother-in-Christ and love him! :)

Becca said...

Thanks so much for sharing this girl - I love this verse, it's one of Adam and my 'theme" verses for our life :-)

Southern Belle said...

My thoughts on the verse is that it is easy to repeat, but a wee bit more difficult to live out, but what I love is that the Lord gave us a goal to work towards and encouragement along the way.

BTW, you have an award waiting for you on my blog. = )