“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
We are taught through many people what is right and what is wrong. We also learn about morality and how a person of good character should act. Hopefully, those who surround us both in days past and the present were great mentors and role models: people who demonstrate sound and rational thoughts and appropriate behaviors and actions. Even though we were taught how we should think, speak, and behave, we are human, and our desires become priorities that often guide us in the direction we go.
The Holy Bible is God’s inspired Word, which is an instruction manual that guides humanity. As the Bible provides many stories of mankind being taught how to act and behave, humankind didn’t always get it right and pursued sinful passions. As you read the Bible, you understand that it is a timeless book written thousands of years ago, yet, the content and essential teaching points remain relevant to this generation. Where does a person begin with picking up the critical teaching points that the Bible has to offer? The best recommendation would be this: “start reading!”
A suggestion regarding where to begin would be in the book of Exodus, focusing on The Ten Commandments that provide God’s expectations regarding how humanity should act and what we should value. As you read through the Bible, there is endless teaching about what we should value and how we should behave. Micah 6:8 (NIV) provides a good basic description: “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 provides an excellent basic framework regarding how we should act. As we have been taught “what is good,” our actions and qualities should demonstrate “goodness.” As we have learned how to “act justly,” we should always do what is right. As God has shown a longsuffering nature regarding humanities’ transgressions, perhaps we can “love mercy” like Him. As we “walk humbly” with God, we should do so with reverence and respect and give thanks to God for His faithfulness, patience, kindness, love, and mercy. As we follow the guidance offered in this Bible verse, there is hope that good decisions would be made. I hope you use the practical framework given in Micah 6:8 to guide your actions.
Many blessings to you!
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