What Does the Lord Require?

Micah, 6: 8, “And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness [mercy], and to walk humbly with your God?”

The Lord does not cause confusion ( 1 Corinthians 14:33) because His instructions to us are simple and clear- we do not need to wonder what He requires or expects from us:

  1. To do justice- Be fair and equitable in all our judgements and do what is right in God’s sight. Basically, we act in agreement with truth by the power/discernment of the Holy Spirit: Psalm 86:11, “Teach me Thy way, O Lord; I will walk in your truth.”
  2. Love kindness & mercy- Be kind even if the person is guilty. Loving mercy means that we delight in it and welcome opportunities to demonstrate compassion in our treatment of our offenders or adversaries. With the Lord’s help, we are able to administer grace and good will even to the guilty and undeserving; and, we do not require from them what we have a right to demand. Romans 12:17,” Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to what is honorable in the sight of all.”
  3. Walk humbly with God- Be obedient and pleasing to the Lord. When we lower ourselves in our own estimation, we are able to properly exalt God and live willingly in obedience to Him. Proverbs 11:2,”…with the humble is wisdom.” Matthew 23:12, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”