He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 (NIV)
What have I showed you? Showed me when? What have I showed you since you started following me, right up until today? That’s a hard question to answer. Why is that? You have showed me so much. That’s a lot of ground and time to cover. Start at the beginning. The first two things that you showed me were your mercy and love. I had rejected you. I was living a prideful and independent life. I was on a path of darkness, walking away from you. I was pursuing comfort and pleasure. I did what I wanted when I wanted. I was living solely for myself. The further I walked away from you, the more that you pursued me. It was like you wouldn’t let me go. That’s right. You were ready for the day that was certain to come. What day was that? A day would come when I would have to pay the price of my self-centered and sinful life. What price was that? The pay back of my dark and sinful life was brokenness. I was bruised and battered and broken by the life I was living. I was in pain. I was hurt. I was rejected. I was humbled and at rock bottom when I cried out to you. I asked you to forgive me of my sins. I said I wanted you to come into my life. I told you that I would follow and serve you. Yes, you did. You showed me your mercy. You lavished me with your love. You didn’t give me what I deserved. Instead you forgave all my sins. You healed my life. You set me on a firm foundation. You helped me to begin to follow and serve you. Yes, I did.
What made you able to turn your life over to me? I was broken. My pride was gone. I had no hesitation to cry out to ask you for your help. That’s right. You were willing to humbly come to me to ask for my help. Yes, I was. You mentioned that I showed you my love and mercy when you cried out to me. Yes, I did. Will you show others love and mercy just as I have shown it to you? Yes, I will. How do you suppose that I now want to use you as you follow and serve me? You want me to right wrongs in the world. You want me to overturn injustice wherever and whenever I see it. You want me to express your love and mercy to others every step of the way as I follow and serve you. That’s right. Will you act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with me? Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, you have turned my life around. You showed me your mercy by forgiving me of all my sins. Now I want to humbly walk with you. Help me to be merciful to others just as you were to me. Use me to right wrongs and overturn injustice as I follow and serve you. Amen
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