A Favorite Passage: Justice, Kindness, and Humility
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)
Take some time and think of your favorite passages in the Bible. Then ask why they are your favorites. Micah 6:8 is one of my favorites. Like most of you, I have more than one favorite, because no one passage can encompass the fullness of our relationship with God. The reason I like this particular passage so much is that it seems to sum up what God “requires of you” and me.
Justice is often painful business. Many Christians want the faith to ignore justice, going so far as to say the Church should not involve itself in politics. I believe those who say that phrase are often trying to avoid conflict. That isn’t always a bad thing, because sometimes conflict is the way to a better transformation. If we avoid conflict all the time, we are never able to improve ourselves or our society. God’s kingdom would never be actualized.
Love kindness sounds so sweet and easy, but it too is more difficult than one might think. Kindness can be easy. When others are being kind, it is easy to return the favor. Kindness is harder when others are cruel. Allowing them to be cruel isn’t helping them. Not confronting them isn’t kind, because they only continue to hurt others and themselves. Kindness is complex and multifaceted. It requires the Spirit’s guidance and leading. To walk humbly with your God is knowing your motivation is helping others rather than lifting yourself up at another’s expense.
The Lord requires of you and me a great deal. We are not to avoid or go through the motions. Our task is to live a life of depth and integrity. To delve into our motivations, so we can learn and grow in justice, kindness, and humility. While challenging, our spiritual growth in this way honors God and brings integrity to your life. Today, pray for the maturity to address justice, kindness and humility. It is worth the effort.