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.

Micah 6:8 NIV

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When God gave Moses the law on Mt Sinai, it was simple enough that His people could easily memorize it. Living by those laws, now that was a totally different thing. But there were only ten of them – the first five deal with their relationship with God and the other five with their relationships with other people. Jesus would then make things even easier – love God with your whole heart and love others as you love yourself. In between these two presentations of the law, the prophet would break them down this way in Micah 6:8: “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.” There is no wiggle room here – Micah makes it clear that these are requirements for those who love the Lord. If you have truly been redeemed by faith in Jesus Christ, you are called by your Creator to walk with other human beings with justice and mercy, and you are called to humble yourself before the Lord. Take time today to consider how this will impact your life.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley