Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
What God has shown you that is good?
1. Fear the Lord thy God.
a. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
b. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil.
c. It is to stand in reverence of His awesome holiness.
2. To walk in all His ways.
a. That is to obey every commandment, and statute of the Lord.
b. To walk in holiness, truth, purity.
3. To love and serve Him with all your heart and soul.
a. No half-hearted relationship.
b. Or as we spoke a few weeks ago, no divided heart.
What does God require?
1. That you do justly.
a. That you be fair in all your judgment.
b. Paul asks who are you to judge another man’s servant, before his own Master he either stands or falls, and God is able to make him to stand.
c. God has not given to us the privilege of judging others. “Judge not, lest you be judged.”
d. We do not have all the facts.
e. We do not know the motives of the heart.
f. We so often judge on the basis of hearsay. “But someone said that they saw.” Someone is not a credible witness. We are often quick to judge on the basis of someone. Who? What evidence did they produce? Usually it was a friend or cousin of someone. Twenty years ago they were circulating a picture of Jesus in the clouds. I heard at least 20 different versions of who took the picture, and where it was taken.
2. That you love mercy. Even if the person is guilty, that you be kind and forgiving. “Be kind one to another, tender hearted forgiving one another even as God for Christ sake has forgiven you.”
a. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”
b. “Forgive us our trespasses even as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
c. Here it is not that you just be merciful, but that you love mercy.
3. That you walk humbly with thy God. The man who is proud, does not know God.
a. When Isaiah saw a vision of God he said, “Woe is me.”
b. When Daniel saw a vision of God he said, “My beauty was turned into corruption.”
c. No man has had an encounter with God and come from it with a feeling of pride and greatness.