He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 NKJV
God is just in all His ways. He is merciful, compassionate and longsuffering. These are unchanging aspects of God’s character.
How does Jesus demonstrate these characteristics of justice and mercy today? He demonstrates them through His relationship with us. Every decision God makes is just and passes through the filter of His love and mercy toward us.
God created us in His image and likeness. He created us to reflect His character and we (mankind), failed. Adam failed to live His life the way God intended for him to live. He failed to obey God. Adam listened to the lies of the evil one. But that is not the end of the story!
Jesus Christ humbled Himself. He came to the earth to live the life of a man. He gave Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. He took the punishment for the sins committed by us upon Himself. God the Father raised Jesus from the dead to show that our sin debt was paid in full!
God wants us to humble ourselves. How does He want us to humble ourselves? He wants us to humble ourselves by laying down our lives the way Jesus did. The Lord wants us to put to death the selfish life we crave. Jesus wants to live His life through us today!
Jesus showed us how He wants us to live out our lives. The choice is ours. We can live in relationship with Jesus today or separated from Him. We can participate in the work Jesus is doing among us today or turn a blind eye to it.
We can go out into the harvest field knowing that Jesus is right beside us to serve God or lead other people into the darkness of sinful living!
Justice comes at a price. Jesus paid it. The mercy of God is available to the greatest of sinners through faith in Jesus. The Lord of heaven and earth draws near to the meek, the mild, the contrite and people who humble themselves before His mighty hand!
The Lord created us in His image and likeness for a reason. God wants to mold us and shape us into the image of our Lord and Savior. Transformation is a process not an event. It is a process that should begin right here right now!
Jesus has shown you what He requires of you today. The Lord wants you to be just in your dealings with others, to love mercy enough to extend it the way Jesus does and to walk humbly before your God by laying down your life to serve Him!
If you want to be like Jesus you must embrace justice, love mercy and walk humbly before your God. Ask the Lord of the harvest to help you be more like Jesus today!
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