Word of the Day: Justice “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

Do you ever feel like the world is an unfair place? It can be frustrating to see injustice all around us. As believers, we’re called to pursue justice, but it’s important to remember that we should do so with mercy and humility. Micah 6:8 provides a powerful reminder of our responsibility to uphold justice while also showing compassion and humility towards others. Let’s walk in obedience to God and strive to make our world a better, more just place for all.

The Requirement of Justice: Micah presents a clear mandate from the Lord—to act justly. Justice is more than a mere concept; it is a call to action, requiring us to stand up for what is right and to advocate for the oppressed and marginalized. The prophet Isaiah exhorts us, “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow” (Isaiah 1:17). As followers of Christ, we are called to be agents of justice in a world desperate for righteousness.

The Importance of Mercy: Alongside justice, Micah highlights the importance of mercy. Justice devoid of mercy becomes cold and legalistic, but when coupled with mercy, it becomes a powerful force for reconciliation and restoration. The apostle James writes, “Mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:13), reminding us of the transformative power of compassion and forgiveness in the pursuit of justice. As recipients of God’s mercy, we are called to extend that same mercy to others, even to those who may not deserve it.

Walking Humbly with God: Central to our pursuit of justice is humility—a recognition of our own limitations and our dependence on God. Micah exhorts us not only to act justly and love mercy but also to walk humbly with our God. Humility keeps us grounded in our identity as servants of the Most High, reminding us that true greatness is found in serving others and submitting to God’s will. The apostle Peter writes, “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble'” (1 Peter 5:5).

Living Out the Mandate: As followers of Christ, we are called to embody the principles of justice, mercy, and humility in our daily lives. This may involve speaking out against injustice, advocating for those who are oppressed, and extending compassion to the hurting and marginalized. It requires a willingness to confront systemic injustices and to work towards positive change in our communities and society at large. Above all, it necessitates a deepening relationship with God, as we seek His guidance and empowerment to live out His mandate of justice, mercy, and humility.

Reflection: Today, let us reflect on our response to the call to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. Are there areas in our lives where we have neglected to pursue justice? Are we extending mercy and compassion to those in need? Are we walking in humility before God and others, recognizing our need for His grace and guidance?

Closing Thought: As we strive to live out the mandate of Micah 6:8, let us take heart in the promise of God’s presence and empowerment. The prophet Isaiah assures us, “The Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore, he will rise up to show you compassion” (Isaiah 30:18). May we be inspired by God’s example of justice, mercy, and humility, as we seek to reflect His character and advance His kingdom in a world in need of His transformative love and grace.

Eric D Cooper
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