He has told you, O man, what it is and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6: 8

 

God makes the way of living that He desires for His children very clear; we are to be people who live in a just, a righteous, manner without demanding justice for ourselves; we are to be people who show kindness, wt is often called mercy, to everyone without the expectation or the prerequirement that they will be merciful to us. This is the nature of God, for He grants everyone who will accept it the total grace of His loving forgiveness; since, from God’s perspective, we are all antagonistic and hostile to His will, for we are all, in our natural states, unjust and merciless.

 

God’s Spirit teaches, counsels, guides, and directs us toward decisions and responses to other’s actions that will reflect His concept of what is just and how to grant mercy. Justice and kindness are key threads in the cloth of life that God has woven and that He has placed every one of His children into. As we seek to live in the center of our relationship with God, His Spirit infuses our hearts with His essential truths and with the values and the ethics that spring forth from them. We should become people who value the just treatment of everyone at a very high level, and we need to seek to interact with others in a way that reflects the grace and the mercy of our Lord.

 

Actually living in this manner means that we are required to place ourselves and our concepts of our importance on a level that is beneath that of God’s; thus, we must become humble students of the Master, and we need to stay humbled through everything that comes our way. I will not have all of the answers, but my Lord does; I won’t always respond well to what others do and say, yet God has already forgiven my failure; and when I see my futility and powerlessness in the face of oppression and hatred in my world, the Lord simply says for me to walk with Him, and He will provide the insight and the wisdom that I require to meet the needs of the victimized and the battered.