Monday, May 18, 2015
God calls us to do what's right We are to do what is right and ethical in our actions towards others. This can also mean we uphold justice. When the world is compromising around us, we walk in truth and justice in all situations. We do this not as a matter of obedience driven by fear or in order to manipulate God but we act justly as a reflection of our heart and our love for God. But as a lover of Justice we must also be a lover of mercy. We are motivated to work for the justice toward the oppressed. We show mercy, benevolence, kindness and forgiveness to others who may have hurt us or may have suffered because of the world and its injustice and hardships.
In the New Testament James lifts up a similar statement. James 1:27 "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
God is more concerned about our heart and our compassion than our proper doctoral beliefs, sacrifices and religious adherences.
Lastly Micah says ...."and to walk humbly with your God." Humility is a position that acknowledges that God is greater than we are and as we walk with God in humility we develop his traits and his desires. We start displaying the family likeness.
To Ponder: In what ways am I walking justly and above reproach in my actions towards other. In what ways do I struggle? In what ways do I promote Justice and mercy towards others? In what ways do I ministers to the orphans and widows or our world?
Prayer: Dear God give us hearts to love you a will to follow you in truth and mercy, and hands to serve others with mercy. Amen