“To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly.”
This was take straight from Micah 6:8 “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (NIV 1984). Why change it if I can’t say it any better myself. But this is one of the harder points of my life objective for me.
Act Justly. To act as it is deserved. Something that is right, fair. How many times have I over reacted over the little things? So something small happens that makes me angry. Usually the anger in not warranted especially when it is generally over something small, minute or insignificant. To act upon something with good sound reason. Usually, I do not have any reason to act out, much less a good reason. This can be in how we treat those around us, but usually I relate this to the ones that we love the most. The ones that are usually under the same roof as us, those are the ones that we generally need to act justly with the most. Is this something that you need to improve on?
Love Mercy. Mercy usually goes hand in hand with forgiveness and compassion. Again this is something that is easier said than done. But this verse takes it one step further, not only are we supposed to show mercy, we are supposed to love mercy. That means forgiving the other person maybe even before they know they did anything wrong. Loving mercy could also mean that you need to show mercy, forgiveness, compassion, even if you know that you will not get it in return. Now that is hard. But think of how much better your friendships, family, businesses would be if we demonstrated this everyday. Especially on the days where we did not feel like it. That is loving mercy.
Walk Humbly. This I feel is hard for most Americans. We do not know how good we have it, and most will not ever know without leaving our borders and seeing for themselves. Humble, being modest or nothing thinking too highly of oneself. Some people walking around I feel if you touched their head, it would pop like a balloon and their egos would go everywhere. Yes, we have a good life. Here I am sitting with a roof over my head, a truck in the driveway, running water, and electricity to power my laptop. That makes me one of the wealthiest people in the world. But how many times do we want more? Modesty is key with being humble. At the end of the day, we are not the most important person to ever walk the earth, so stop acting like it. Instead, use some of that energy to help others around you who are less fortunate.
Follow the words of the Prophet Micah. Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly. If you are like me, this can be overwhelming. Take it one step at a time, one day at a time. Think of the things that we could do collectively if we all followed these three simple rules.