Thursday, July 6, 2017
Learning to be Fair and Merciful
In review of Micah 6:8 it says, “No, he has told you what he wants, and this is all it is: to be fair, just, merciful, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Do what is right, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.
What this means to me:
God has already told me what he wants, it is to be fair, just, merciful and to walk humbly with Him.
Sacrifices and offerings on my part will never substitute for what God really wants from me. God wants my life to be changed. He wants me to be fair, just, merciful, and humble. God wants me to be a living sacrifice, not just doing religious deeds, but living rightly. It is impossible for me to follow God consistently without his transforming love in my heart.
People have tried all kinds of ways to please God, but God has made his requirements clear: Do what is just and right, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. In my efforts to please God, examine these areas on a regular basis. Am I fair in my dealings with people? Do I show mercy to those who wrong me? Am I learning humility?
Today's verse re-enforces a dream I had last night where I, in working with a co-worker, upstaged him in his meeting. After doing so, I tried to rectify but he took off before I could fully apologize. While this wasn't real, it served as a good reminder to be fair in my dealings and display humility.
God is calling to act justly, love the unlovable, show mercy to the merciless, and forgive the unforgivable. Would I be able to show mercy to someone who tormented me?
The first outward demonstration of grace on my part is mercy! Simply stated, if I have no mercy, I not His true follower. The Bible says blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. In order to receive mercy, then I’ll have to give it!.
After all Satan could care less how much I sing the songs of praise just as long as I sing them with a snarl on my lips and bitterness in my heart. When Satan takes the mercy out of my conduct, he has effectively killed the Christian spirit within me.
Christianity without mercy is just another cult. It is like a tree that bears no fruit or a well that has run dry. In order to have mercy rain down in my life like a flood, today is the day to start offering it to those who have hurt me the most. I’m told it will surprise me at how this one gesture will completely set me free.
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