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Micah 6:8 – “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.”

We are going to dive into this verse today.

“To act justly” – the word used here means to give a verdict or sentence. I know what you are thinking – Jesus told us not to judge people. Yes, He did. He also told us to test the spirits to discern if they were from God or not. I think that “acting justly” means making right discernments. Use your brain. Think about things before you do them. Engage your brain before you engage your mouth. Those kinds of things. You know, the things we frequently forget to do…

“Love mercy” – I have been told my entire life that “mercy is God not giving us what we do deserve.” And I believe that. There are many times anyone else would have thrown in the towel and walked away. But God stands by me, in spite of me and my sinful ways. Mercy can imply kindness. Kindness is doing or being nice to someone who may or may not deserve it. (See how these things are connected?) We are encouraged to love this – not only in the character of God but also in others and how we deal with them. If we don’t show mercy to others, why would we expect God to show mercy to us?

“To walk humbly with your God” – the word used here is “humiliate”. Man, that is harsh! But if you look at it in context, it means to take away all pretenses. No pride. Pride is an ugly beast that hides in all our closets. It rears its ugly head and makes God sick. How dare we think we know better than Him! Look at what Micah says here – “with”. Do you know what that makes me think of? A friend. God wants to walk alongside us without our pride tagging along.

So today, princess, strive to incorporate these principles in your life. Think about things before you do them. Be nice, even when you don’t want to. And be a friend of God. Walk WITH Him.

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A walk through the Garden

Have you ever been to a beautiful, well manicured garden? The kind you might see in a magazine? The plants in those places are amazing!

Now add animals to the mental picture. Animals that don’t bite you or one another.

Add tropical weather. The kind where you feel at the perfect temp all the time – no sweating.

Now put the icing on the cake and have God walking with you through this amazing place.

Wa-la! You have the Garden of Eden. Beautiful, right? All things perfect. All things beautiful. All things peaceful.

So why did Adam and Eve mess it all up? They had a choice. And they chose wrong. See, God didn’t want robot-like people worshipping Him. He wanted their praise out of a willing heart. And when faced with the choice to do what He said or not, they chose wrong. They were just like us – they messed up.

Since this time, people have been trying to get back to the Garden. We work. We fight. We stand up for what we see is right. But all this good will never get us back.

Micah 6:8 – “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.”

Yes, I have used this verse several times in the past. However, it tells exactly how to get back to the Garden. And that’s where we all want to be, right? We want to have that amazing relationship with God. The kind that walks beside Him in the beauty of His creation and discuss everything from the pattern of the leopard’s spots to the forming of the stars.

So princess, on your journey home, don’t forget to walk through the Garden. That is where we learn about the Creator of the Garden and all He has in store for us. Put forth the effort to “walk humbly with your God.”

The catch

Micah 6:8 – “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.”

Look around you, princess. No matter what landscape you see, God is showing you His goodness. He made all of this just for you!

Upon salvation, which is the best “good” God has to offer, He wants you to do a few things. Here is the place where skeptics will say, “See! I knew there was a catch!” But really, when you look at these “catches”, they aren’t really “catches” at all. They are common sense actions.

“Act justly” – Be nice. Don’t try to be mean to people. Try to help them out and not cheat them out of the goodness you would ask someone else to show you. The “Golden Rule” concept.

“Love mercy” – Forgive. People are going to disappoint you. Forgive them. You are going to disappoint others and you would want them to forgive you. (Refer to above)

“Walk humbly with your God” – Listen to Him. Do what He tells you to do. He doesn’t need your advise as to how things should go. He just wants you to follow Him out of love.

Being a follower of Christ is not always easy. Sometimes we may feel as if our heart is on our sleeve and the people keep wiping their nose on it. Your love for Christ makes you more sensitive to things. You must learn to absorb them and not to take offense at them. That is easier said than done, I know. But don’t do it on your own, let God shoulder the burden and you just walk humbly beside Him.

The Thankful Project

Micah 6:8 – “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.”

Thanksgiving has come and gone on the calendar. At my house, it was a time filled with food and family galore!

But as a princess, we should have thanksgiving in our heart each and every day. This verse in Micah reminds us that God has shown us what is good. Just look around you. It doesn’t matter if you are in the midst of the country or in the heart of the city. God’s goodness is everywhere. It is all in how you look at things and the attitude in your heart.

Because of His goodness, we are called to act justly. This always brings to mind the Golden Rule – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Just be nice.

We are also called to love mercy. Be nice – don’t be ugly to people and hold grudges. Let them go – be free!

And we are called to walk humbly. Don’t think you are all that and a bag of chips. Be confident, not prideful.

Dear princess, I know there has been a 30 day thankful challenge going around. Let’s change things up and make it a lifelong thankful project.