Words to live by…

Micah 6:8 “He hath shown thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”

I love verses like this that speak directly to every person regardless of what life is throwing at us in the moment! Just imagine with me what it would be like if we all lived this way. I looked up some definitions of critical words in this scripture verse and was comforted by the recognition of how God wants us to walk in our daily lives.

Doing justly included doing what is right and lawful and true. Loving mercy would include freely forgiving in kindness and refraining from harming those who offend and being glad to see mercy given by others too. Walking humbly with our God requires us to measure ourselves according to God’s Holiness and being conscious of our complete dependence on Him, our inadequacies. It would remove our pride and increase our modesty.

I find reading God’s Word is a much needed reminder for me in order to keep my emotions and behavior in check. LIfe lived “in Christ” requires us to be aware at all times that we live by His Grace and for His purposes. It puts all things into perspective for us. Our hearts and minds are to be devoted above all to Him and for this devotion to be true where do our thoughts and our treasures have to be? On Him and in Him…

Never comparing ourselves with others, but comparing ourselves only to the Lord, will alleviate the problem of shunning others for their failures or feeling superior because we have somehow avoided the pitfalls they find themselves in. Up against the holiness of God, Isaiah felt as we all would feel, unclean. Oh how blessed we are for the Grace of God that He gave us through His Son that we might be purified and made clean, righteous and whole in Him!

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