God’s Requirements of Us

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8 NASB)

In the Book of Micah, a minor prophet in the Old Testament, God gives us His recipe of His requirements for His children to follow. One of God’s many characteristics is that He is the epitome of goodness all the time! When we accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Savior and Lord, His amazing grace and love abide in us and help us to achieve/fulfill these requirements.

From what this scripture says, Christians sometimes think that this is a piece of cake to achieve. What’s so hard about doing justice or loving kindness or walking humbly with your God? I’m cool and I go to church and I don’t hurt anybody and I’m saved, right?

The honest truth is that when we give our lives to Jesus, He accepts us exactly where we are at the moment of salvation! However, He loves us so much that He doesn’t want to leave you in that condition!! As you walk with Him, He gently but persistently brings healing to your body, mind and spirit. His Holy Spirit removes the pain of life’s disappointments, rejection, and abuses through healing of memories. As you begin to walk deeply and humbly with Him, He will teach you His ways and definitions of justice and kindness and humility. Jesus lays it all out in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew, chapters 5-7 NASB).

We all have heard about the 10 Commandments that God gave Moses on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 20:1-17 NASB). Yet, Jesus further explained them in the Sermon on the Mount: anyone who is angry with his brother/sister and calls them a fool or a good-for-nothing is guilty of murder – go and be reconciled with your brother/sister before you go to church and present your gift.

Likewise, Jesus goes on to talk about lusting in your heart, divorcing your spouse except for adultery, making vows/oaths, exacting revenge and loving your enemies. Then, in Matt. 5:48 (NASB), Jesus says, “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” Yikes!!!

Fortunately, in this case, the word “perfect” is equivalent to the word “mature” – as you walk and mature in your faith in Jesus, you will be walking better in doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with your God.