Saturday, September 29, 2012

What does God Require of Me - Part 3

In this short series, I'm looking at some of the things that God requires of us. As I've said, sometimes we make it way too complicated.

The prophet Micah gives us this summary in chapter 6 and verse 8: "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?"

First, God wants us to do justly. That means to do justice, to do what is right. It means to treat people correctly and fairly. It means we shouldn't be trying to cheat others out of what they are due. It means that our lives should be righteous. We should play fair in all we do.

Second, God wants us to love mercy. That is because God is merciful. Mercy is granting people kindness when they deserve something else. It is the fulfillment of Jesus' command to love our enemies and to treat people well when they have treated us badly. This is not an easy requirement, but it is what God expects of us.

Finally, God wants us to walk humbly with him. That means to follow him and  have fellowship with him continually as we take each step through our lives. It means that we need to be humble under his mighty hand recognizing that he is God and we are not.

These three basic things are so crucial to living a life that is rewarding and satisfying. They are not easy, but it is worth our effort to take the steps necessary to make them a central part of our lives.

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