"Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls."
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
Describe two ways in which you are responding to God's call to "act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God." Base your response on Micah 6:8.
Micah 6:8 (KJV)"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lordrequire of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"
As a part of God’s calling it requires of me to act as Micah 6:8 commands and that is “to act justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.” Our lecture states, “For Jesus, mercy, justice, and compassion were not philosophical or theological categories, but rather practices that are evidence of the inbreaking of God’s kingdom through everyday actions of his church.” Acting in a way that is justly is to as Jesus says the Greatest Commandment says for us to do, which is to “love your neighbor” and do right by them. It also means to treat them in a justified manner. To “love mercy” means exactly what it says. God is a merciful and loving God. To love mercy is to show and treat others with mercy. While the world is quick to judge and oppress, God is quick to act just and show much mercy. “Walking humbly with God” means a few things. First, walking with God requires us to follow His conviction, guidance, and example. We do this by first professing our faith, being obedient, and living according to how He commands us to live. Christians are to live by the New Testament examples provided and to do our best to be as Christ-like as possible. To “walk humbly” means to avoid the pitfalls of pride that comes with success in life that God provides. After we begin to take the credit and honor for the success brought our way, we have become prideful taking the glory from God. The enemy enjoys few things more than to see God’s glory be taken.
In ministry and personally, I do my best to live out the three principles of Micah 6:8. I try to always “act justly” in life by being fair, kind, and loving. I do what I can to help both the poor and needy. The church I belong to does the same as well. They have retirement home ministries and many others to serve those needs in our community. The ministry my wife and I founded does its best to serve others all across the world, even social and financial barriers. It was even founded with the handicapped, lock-ins, and persecuted in mind. If we are born-again believers “loving mercy” should come easy. In personal life, this may be lived out by forgiving others of their “trespasses against you.” This is shown in our ministry by proclaiming the Gospel to everyone no matter their back-ground. At Salvationscall.org, you are never too lost or deep in sin to receive God’s mercy. This is what it means when it is said, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good.” Walking humbly with the Lord is something that I realize has to be done both personally and in ministry. I have watched as pride and arrogance have built up idols in both areas for ministers as well as in personal lives, and seen how they have have been knocked down. God must always be placed first and given the glory for all success both personally and spiritually.