Monday, July 29, 2019

July 17-August 2

One of the most important words in Micah 6:8 is also one of the easiest to ignore.

It's the word "and."

Terrible things have been done in the name of "justice," after all -- in the name of "doing what is right."

Likewise, terrible things have been overlooked in the name of "mercy" -- in the name of "giving people another chance."

And while it's good to remember that we don't know everything, "humility" can lead to indecision and a failure to act.

That is why it's good to remember the lesson of Micah 6:8 -- the lesson that:
  • Justice must always be tempered by mercy.
  • Mercy must never come at the expense of justice.
  • And even our best attempts to "do justly" and "love mercy" will always be partial and flawed.
"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee . . . 
But to do justly,
AND to love mercy,
AND to walk humbly with thy God."