Micah 6:6-8 (NIV)

6 With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?  7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?  8 He has showed you, O man, 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 (NIV)

8 He has showed you, O man, 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.   

DEVOTION – Antoinette Knights (New York)

These words from the prophet Micah serve as a reminder of what God requires for us.  First, God wants us to do what is right – obeying both God’s laws and the laws of the land which we live.  Second, God requires that we love mercy, having compassion on others without judging them or their situation.  Third, we are to walk humbly with God – putting our will aside and allowing God to lead the way.

In the book of Genesis, we learn that we were created in God’s image.  I often ask myself, “Am I reflecting God’s image Today?”  The words of Micah above are the gauge I use to monitor my actions.  When I am in a position of authority, do I do what is right?  If others offend me, do I forgive or do I hold on to the pain and wait for opportunity to hurt them in return?  Am I humble in my walk with God, allowing God to lead my steps, or do I rely only on my qualifications and contacts?

Jesus sums up Micah’s message when he says that we are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, all our souls and all our minds, and love our neighbors as ourselves.  (See Matt. 22:34-40.)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: How well does my life reflect the image of God?

PRAYER: Dear heavenly Father, lead us today as we try to walk humbly with you.  Help us to see you in everyone  we meet and to show your mercy and your righteousness to them.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO SHOW MERCY

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