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
Other prophets followed in both the northern and southern kingdoms. Their words carried warnings, but also beautiful promises of restoration if the people chose to turn from their disobedience and follow God.
Amos emphasizes justice. Obadiah provides assurance that the deeds done against Israel will not go unpunished. Micah demonstrates the extent of the punishment God will unleash on those who fail to repent, but his words are also full of encouragement and hope in the beautiful things God has in store for those who follow His ways.
Through Micah, God tells us following His ways looks like doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with Him.
DO JUSTICE… To live with a strong sense of what is right and wrong and seek to help those who are wronged. To protect the innocent and the disenfranchised.
LOVE KINDNESS… Not just begrudgingly or dutifully showing kindness to others, but to LOVE kindness. To love being kind.
WALK HUMBLY… C.S. Lewis says, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.” Our walk should elevate others and God.
Jesus came as the perfect embodiment of justice, kindness, and humility. A just God cannot look away from sin. God the Father – full of kindness, grace, and mercy – sent God the Son in flesh to take the wrath and pay for sin. Jesus humbled Himself by coming from heaven to earth. He humbled Himself by stepping outside of cultural norms and showing kindness to the poor, sinners, sick, and outcasts. He humbled Himself as He washed His disciples’ feet at the last supper. He humbled Himself by dying on the cross for nothing He did wrong, but instead to make us free forever.
Questions: Which is easiest for you to live out (justice, kindness, humility)? Which is the hardest?