To act justly
and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God."
As far as what we do--act justly, do what is right and good in God's sight.
When others wrong us—love mercy. Think about this: the Scripture doesn't say to only show mercy, it says to love mercy. So, when someone hurts me, my heart's desire should be that they do not receive punishment for that wrong, but rather mercy—forgiveness and absolution.
How do you feel about that?
This verse is one of those that awe me with the goodness of our God. There is so much wrapped up in those three lines! This verse raises many questions I hope to explore over the next few blogs, but first I want to leave you with a thought about loving mercy.
Do you know what it feels like to be forgiven? Do you remember the joy the moment you realized God washed away the guilt of your past sins and accepted you into His arms? The joy of our salvation is, as my son recently said, not of this world!
However, a tremendous sacrifice was required to make forgiveness possible. An act of divine mercy. God loves us so much He was willing to make that sacrifice so that we might be reconciled to Him and become a part of His forever family. He was willing to send His Son Jesus to not only suffer, but to die and take the punishment justice required in our place. No matter what wrongs we've committed, no matter how much we have hurt God, our Father—and every sin hurts Him—He longs for the day each one of us turns and receives the sacrifice He made. He longs to wipe away our tears and give us new life. He loves mercy because He loves to see us light up with His joy when we reach out for His goodness and accept His grace. He loves mercy because He loves us.
Now, remember the awesome joy that filled your spirit when you received God's forgiveness and think about the people who have hurt you the most. Can you find it in your heart to want those people to experience that same joy? — and the forgiveness that comes with it? Can we love mercy when it is extended to us but not want it extended to those who hurt us?
I don't think so. The first law of the kingdom of God is love, and the first law of love is grace. To put it simply, grace is undeserved favor and unmerited mercy.
But how do we live with grace, loving mercy enough to forgive the most painful hurts? It starts with what Micah ended with: walk humbly with your God. (Explore what this means in my next blog!)
P.S. It's been many months since I've written, but it's a new day, a day the Lord has made and I will rejoice in it! Thanking God for sunshine, but even more for His light that leads us out of darkness.