THREE ATTRIBUTES that GOD REQUIRES from US
September 27 Bible Reading: Micah Chapters 4-7
"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?"(Micah 6:8)
In the above verse, the prophet Micah has clearly expressed God’s requirement from Israel. God wanted covenant obedience from His people shown in justice, mercy, and humility — three characteristics that were currently lacking among the people. We can see that God’s requirements move in three dimensions: outward, inward, and upward.
- Outwardly, to “do justly” necessitates dealing righteously with one’s fellow man.
- Inwardly, to “love mercy” necessitates having the inward commitment to God’s revelation that will manifest itself in a right relationship towards man and God.
- Upwardly, to “walk humbly with your God” necessitates having a right attitude towards God and a determination to walk in continuous fellowship with Him.
Our Lord Jesus Christ was the perfect example of someone who fulfilled Micah 6:8 to the core – He maintained His obedience and loyalty to His Father and became humble even to the death of the cross (Phil. 2:6-8). Through that act of mercy, Jesus did the ultimate justice: He justified sinners who would believe in His act of sacrifice on their behalf!