Monday, February 3, 2020

Micah 6:8

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,

    what God is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
    be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously.
Micah 6:8 (MSG)

The words in Micah still hold true today. They should be our guiding principles in everything we do. But what do they mean?

Act Justly

Many churches have a calling for social justice, and, if we love God, this should be a natural action. We should always fight for the "little guy". It's possible that, without the church, there would have been little traction for causes like ending slavery, more humane working conditions for children and adults alike, and the right for women to vote. Current issues that churches are actively standing up against are domestic violence, human trafficking, and hunger.

Besides joining established causes you believe it, how else can you act justly? Love your neighbor. Treat all people with love including that irritating woman behind you in the checkout line. See people as Jesus sees them.

Love Mercy

Who wouldn't love mercy? Without it, we would not have salvation through Jesus Christ and would not be able to enjoy a fulfilling relationship with Him.

But does that mean that we should have mercy for others as well? Well, we should forgive others, so there's that. And, of course, we should love our neighbor, just as God loves them (and us!).

Walk Humbly

Humble people put others - and especially God - before themselves. In all you do, honor God... through your actions and your words. Do you have a special talent that brings you all sorts of accolades? Remember that the talent is a gift from God and give Him the glory when you receive such praise.

Give co-workers - peers, subordinates and supervisors alike - credit when you receive praise for a job well done. In doing so, you will build them up while enhancing their opinion of you. Of course, this needs to be genuine credit (so you might have to really think about how to give credit to that team member who did little else than eat all of the donuts you'd bring to project meetings) or it may backfire and you'll be viewed more as self-serving than humble.

If you truly have the love of God in your heart, it shouldn't be hard to be humble. Ask God for guidance if you find yourself slipping in this area.

Be The Change

Can you imagine what the world would be like if we all practiced these three actions? I pray that they become a part of your daily life and that you act as a role model for others so God's love spreads. Be the change that you want to see.💖

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