“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.”
Our want and need for justice comes from the Lord. As a follower of Christ, we can seek justice by being impartial, truthful, law-abiding, and seekers of righteousness. Life isn’t fair by any means, but we can choose to seek justice for those whose voice has been silenced, those who are hurting, and those who need help.
There are so many issues that are changing our culture at this very moment, and it is natural to want justice and truth to reign in these situations. It is all unfolding right before our eyes. Laws being written that strip away religious freedom, political situations that are disappointing, and shifts in societal norms. It can be very disheartening to see our culture shift and change right before our eyes.
As followers of Christ, we can hold firm to the truth even when the culture is telling us that we need to become tolerant and go with the changes in society that are contrary to a Biblical worldview.
What does mercy look like and what does it mean? Mercy is defined as “compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.” Mercy is forgiving for the 100th time, showing compassion, being gracious, reaching out to those who are difficult and unreachable, and not expecting something in return for your merciful actions.
God is full of mercy toward us, and we do not deserve His love, but rather His wrath. But in His lovingkindness, He shows us mercy! The Hebrew word “hesed” is closely related to mercy. “Hesed” means “God’s covenant love”. Because of God’s mercy and love, He enters into a relationship with His people who don’t deserve anything other than wrath! But, God poured out His wrath upon Jesus Christ so that we could enter into a relationship with Him, the Creator of all things! What an incredible act of mercy, love, and grace! If God can show us mercy, we can strive to show mercy to others as well.
To walk humbly with God is an attitude that reflects our heart. When we are humble before God, our heart is in the place of realizing that we can not take pride in what is being accomplished, rather, it is all because of the Lord. If we act justly and love mercy, it is not because of our own self that this came about, but it is humbly acknowledging that it is because of the work of the Lord in our lives.
Charles Spurgeon shared his thoughts about walking humbly with our God:
“Walking humbly with God involves a profound deference to His will and a glad submission to it—yielding both active obedience and passive acquiescence.” C.H. Spurgeon, 1880
When we walk humbly with God, we are walking in submission to His will. We can only walk humbly with God if we are in relationship with Him. To be in relationship with Him is to spend time with Him by studying His word, obeying His commands, worshipping Him with praise and thanksgiving, and spending time in prayer.
It’s easy to think of humility as synonymous with weakness, but that is not what being humble means! Humility allows us to be strong in the Lord and to allow Him to guide us in our lives. It is submitting to His will and His plan. This is a freeing thought for those who like to be in control of their circumstances.
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
“Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” James 4:10