justice…mercy…humility

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“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.” (Micah 6:8, NIV)

This last week we explored the steps to holiness: asking for Jesus’ help; overcoming our own obstacles; pushing past our vices with virtue; experiencing and expressing forgiveness as a gift; and getting back to the basics of a worship life in how we pray, participate, give, serve, and speak about God’s work in your life. So, how is it going? Are you finding the steps helpful? Challenging? Encouraging?

Our Bible lesson for today from Micah 6:8 gives us some great instruction about living life for God with others. God wants you to act justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with Him. Think about those three things: justice, mercy, humility. They call us outside of ourselves and into the relational truth of doing life with God and others.

I am reminded of the “General Rules” for the church as stated by John Wesley. He said (and I paraphrase) we are to do no harm, do all the good we can, and stay in love with God through the church. I hope you can see the biblical allusions here to acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God. This, my friends, is holiness, and will make your life different. You can behave in these ways apart from the steps to holiness. Jesus wants to help you achieve it. He wants to help,you overcome your obstacles. He wants you to push past your vices with virtue. He wants you to experience His forgiveness and give it to others. He also wants you to get back to the basics of living a worship life for Him.

Jesus wants to help you to and through the path of holiness. Will you let Him?

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for walking with me on the path of righteousness and holiness. I pray for my life to exemplify Justice, mercy, and humility. Help me, please, Lord Jesus. I ask this in your holy name.