“…what does the Lord require of you except to be just, and to love [and to diligently practice] kindness (compassion), And to walk humbly with your God [setting aside any overblown sense of importance or self-righteousness]?” (Micah 6: 8, Amplified Bible)
Justice, kindness, humility. These are God’s requirements for our living. He demands that we express these qualities. In doing so, we reflect His intention and we also feel and know the heaven of true obedience.
It may seem like we need to be perfect, in absolute control, brilliant and successful. We may feel that in order to receive the blessing of God and His good life, we must do high and mighty things and demonstrate human behavior that is flawless in every way. But, God only requires what is entirely natural to us, and yet so powerful. He calls us to be compassionate, to express the Love that He has put in our hearts, without reservation and without bias.
Likewise, God requires us to be just. This justice is not arbitrary and according to human opinion or to the laws of men. It is having a mind that is fair and honest, that has integrity. True justice is an expression of God’s Principle, so it resonates with what is loving, mutually blessing, and right. We can be just to others and to ourselves, showing regard for God’s children and their divine rights.
This honors God. And humility may be the key to these other requirements. For as we set aside a personal sense of self, an ego that is either big and arrogant or one that belittles self, we are free to reflect God’s pure light. Humbling ourselves releases us from the limits of the personal view and its self-righteousness or self-depreciation. This allows us to hear and follow God, to be the truly kind and just men and women that He made us to be, and that the world so needs.
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