He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? —Micah 6:8

            Yes, God had told us what is good and what He requires of those who follow Him.  This is it— “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”  Justice is to make sure people are treated equally and fairly.  Loving kindness is to do “to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12; 22:37-40).  To walk humbly with God is have a right perspective on Who God is and who we are.  There is no place for pride when we understand “by the grace of God I am what I am” (I Corinthians 15:10).   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N1IoIHeQc8

            These qualities were not being practiced by the Pharisees in Jesus day. In Matthew 23:23 we read— “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices–mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law–justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” So it is also said in Luke 11:42— “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.”  Yes, these characteristics are to be evident in those who are truly following the Lord… or should be!

Dear Father may I be practicing these qualities that emulate Your Character.  May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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