He has shown you, O mortal, 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.
- Matthew 7:15-23
We recently finished our Sunday school study of the first half of the minor prophets, Hosea through Micah. I had promised that we would finish, and we were falling behind. As I skipped a couple of questions in the study guide, a lady whom I admire a great deal said that we started skipping verse just before we got to verse 8. She did not even mention the chapter. At once, I corrected my error.
Someone else mentioned that these three things, to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly were the three things that God wants us to do. I agreed, but I added something.
Does this grouping of three things not describe one thing? Godly justice cannot divide those three things. We must act justly. That part is up to us, but as we relate to others, we must love mercy. We should not demand mercy for ourselves, for we should act justly, above reproach, with no need for mercy, but we must love mercy for others, those who have harmed us. And what is the greatest impediment in accomplishing those two things? A lack of living the third thing, in walking humbly with our God.
I have written recently about all three of these, in a way. It is hard to talk about the Christian life without touching on these three. But I think that we fail at each of them. Only God can be all three. He is almighty, and to act humbly seems strange, yet He loves us and adopts us as His children. Is that not an act of humility by raising someone else up? And God dispenses justice in a perfect way that only He can. And we are only adopted sons and daughters because God shows us Mercy.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.