God Loves Mercy and Justice
Mahatma Ghandi was an advocate of non-violence and leader of the campaign for India’s independence a century ago. He once said that happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. This reflects the kind of consistent lifestyle God wants from you. Acts of faithfulness and love, wrapped in a humble spirit, will go a long way towards building a better world.
Think of conflict in any corner of the planet. What drives it? More often than not, a thirst for control, power, and self-supremacy. But what about you? Are your actions motivated by selfish desires? Are you on a constant quest for more money, more fame, and more control? Are you part of the problem?
This push for more and more is the opposite of what God wants. He doesn’t complicate your instructions. He says to act justly. Think for a minute. Is there someone you have mistreated? What does justice require? Or, do you know someone who needs help overcoming an injustice? God says you should love mercy. If someone makes a mistake, do you want to see them pay the consequences? If they upset you, are you always out for revenge? Being merciful also requires humility. If you are humble, you will be open to correction. You will recognize that you have made some of the same mistakes for which you now want to point a finger at someone else.
When you act justly and are merciful and humble, you will be willing to listen to others. To hear about their pain and understand their motivations. To try to forge understanding between those of differing cultures and perspectives. The alternative is to degenerate into name-calling, stereotyping, and blind hatred that will backfire on you.
God calls acting with justice and mercy “good.” You can see why. Imagine a world where instead of seeking self-centered goals and power plays, more people wanted to act justly and merciful. Ghandi had another saying worth remembering: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Today is a good day to start.
A Challenge For You…
Read Deuteronomy 10:12-20. How does the message of this passage reflect the words of Micah 6:8? How does God’s perspective change your outlook on such “hot button” issues as capital punishment and immigration reform? What changes should these words cause in your own life?
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