Required Characteristics

Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? 

 God is graciously clear to us in His Word. He does not hide His will from us but shows us plainly. In this verse we are given three characteristics that God requires. Lets think about these for a moment.

  1. Do Justly—This simply means to do what is right. One man said, “Do right till the stars fall.” The disciple of Christ must always strive to do what is the acceptable will of God. Do what is right toward God, our families, our employers, our co-workers and other believers. Live each day purposing to do right in every situation. When we act unjustly, we must make it right as soon as possible in order to keep a clear conscience toward God and man.
  2. Love Mercy—The greatest act of mercy was displayed at Calvary. Jesus gave His life for hell bound sinners so that they could be heaven bound saints. Having been shown so much mercy, how can we not delight in showing mercy to others. It is easy to treat others with less grace than we have received. We hold out for full restitution to be made for wrongs committed rather than show mercy and forgive. As believers, we ought to be excited to show mercy just as Christ did toward us.
  3. Walk Humbly—Our daily prayer ought be for the enablement of God to live our lives before Him in humility. How we need a fresh daily realization of our absolute need of His guidance. When we walk humbly we will pray without ceasing, seek God’s will in His Word, treat others with respect and kindness and take the disappointments and trials of life as allowed by our loving Heavenly Father trusting His perfect plan. God will be first in our thoughts and actions. 

Micah 6:8 provides characteristics that are practical and ought be applied to our lives today. Take a moment and ask God to help you live accordingly.

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