03 May 2013

Back to Basics

He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

God has shown us in His Word what it is that He wants from us.

We can confuse it by doctrinal discussions and denominational arguments, but it really is very basic.

Do Justly. 

Give to everyone what they are due to receive, what they have earned.

This carries both positive and negative consequences.  But above all, it must be just; it must be righteous.  Give every man according to his works.

Give praise. Give correction.  Give guidance. Give justly.

Be fair.

Love Mercy.

When you truly love something, you place it before yourself.  I love my wife.  I love my children.  I place their interests before myself.

If I love mercy, I am going to grant mercy to someone even if it means that I will suffer or be denied something through that merciful action.

Someone cut you off? Mercy.

Someone lied on you? Mercy. (but justly)

Rebellious children? Mercy. (justly)

In Spanish, there is a word: pesada (pay-SA-da).  It means 'heavy'.  It can be applied to a person in another sense too.  Someone who is 'pesada' is very needy; always causing you to be on your toes - so that you don't offend them.  They are easily offended. These people are very heavy on your emotions and patience and attention.  If you don't know someone who is pesada, then it may just be you who are pesada.

Pesada people require mercy ~ and grace ~ lots of it ~ at least until they can be delivered!

Walk Humbly.

Walking humbly with God is simplified in one word; OBEY.

If we obey God's Word, we are walking humbly with Him.

If we obey His direction on a daily basis, we are walking humbly with Him.

If we do justly and love mercy, we are walking humbly with Him.

Do Justly.
Love Mercy.
Walk Humbly.
It's basic.

If you've been following us on Facebook, you've noticed that we've changed the name of the page to match with the blog now.  Also, you saw a teaser about a great treat coming soon.  I'll give you a hint: "Perla".  Stay tuned! 

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