BY: GIOVANNA GOMEZ
BIBLE TEXT: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” — Micah 6:8
PERSONAL APPLICATION: I recently ran into this wonderful Scripture again and remembered something I had read in a book a while back. The author, who was writing to American Christians, brought to light something very profound. Some of us — actually a lot of us — tend to follow this scripture backwards. We love justice and do kindness, and sometimes we don’t even do kindness at all.
Our culture doesn’t love kindness. Kindness is to be earned and we dispense it based on how we are treated or based on what mood we are in. We love justice, however, and we relish when others get what we believe they deserve based on what they have done or not done. We forget that justice isn’t exclusively about punishment, though. Doing justice is also about having a genuine care for others and being agents of change in situations where people are hurting and suffering unfairly. The work of the Bolivian Hope Center and Battle Flag Ranch, for instance, are examples of doing justice for individuals who need someone to stand for them. We, the Church, are required to do that.
In the New Living Translation version of this scripture the word “mercy” is used instead of the word “kindness” which makes it all the more interesting and even more compelling. When we do justice without a love for kindness or mercy then we are definitely not walking humbly with God. Friends, let me tell you that our country, the mighty United States of America, is one of the neediest mission fields in the world and if you have not yet realized this then you are not looking at your surroundings. Every single day we have opportunities to live out this scripture in the manner in which it was written, but we must change our focus, our perspective, and we need to be led by the Spirit.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: I encourage you this week to talk with the Holy Spirit about how to live out this scripture. Yes, go ahead… ask Him. He has something to say to you.
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, lead me. I want to partner with you in God’s plan. I’m awaiting with expectancy your instructions and I’m eager to take part in what God is doing. I want to do justice, love kindness and mercy, and walk humbly in your sight. In Jesus Name.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Giovanna has been blissfully married to Hubert for 27 years. They are parents to Andrew, who is married to Evelyn, and to Rachel who is a senior at the University of Valley Forge in Pennsylvania. They have been partners with Life Assembly since 2005. Giovanna is a social worker – a profession she loves. She enjoys hiking, gardening, laughter, and eating tasty food at restaurants with friends.