Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly With Your God
Micah was a prophet of God around 700 B.C. He prophesied God’s judgement and God’s justice on Judah and Israel because of their sin. He spoke to the leaders of Jacob and rulers of Israel — the haters of good and lovers of evil (Micah 3:2) — of God’s desire to redeem his people.
Through Micah, God promised to send a new ruler for his people — one to stand and shepherd his flock so they may live securely and with peace (Micah 5) — and he spoke of what repentance should look like:
- Act justly.
- Love mercy.
- Walk humbly with God.
“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, NKJV
Each phrase tells us about a posture of living that is pleasing to God, and they echo the commandments Jesus speaks in Matthew 22:37-40 when he establishes precisely what God requires of us.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. ’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
With Micah 6:8, the Lord tells us how he wants us to love him and love our neighbor. To act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with him.
Act Justly / Do Justice
Acting justly involves being just and doing justice. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. (Proverbs 31:8, New International Version)
At Compassion, we choose to live out this command and act justly by releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name. We work to help children become who God intends them to be by helping them develop holistically — physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually — so they can experience the opposite of what poverty says they deserve.
Love Mercy / Show Mercy
Mercy is the compassionate treatment of those in need, especially when it is within one’s power to punish or harm them.
Mercy appears in God’s word in relation to forgiveness or withholding punishment. For example, God the Father showed us mercy when he sacrificed his son, Christ Jesus, on the cross to pay the price for our sins, even when he could have chosen to punish us.
Mercy is the fruit of compassion, and at Compassion, when we act to alleviate the suffering of children living in poverty, we are actively “loving mercy.”
Walk Humbly with Your God
Humility is essential to recognizing and accepting our total dependence on God. God has given us everything, even the gift of life. And without God’s grace and Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we would be separated from God and under judgement for the weight of our sin.
At Compassion, Jesus is the core of our ministry. His life, teachings and character shape our programs and guide how we love people, respect communities and cooperate with nations. We strive to walk humbly with our God as we minister in his name.