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Pastor John W. Harris

“Do Justice, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly with God: A Call to Christians Everywhere”

When it comes to living a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, many people turn to religion for guidance. Christianity is one of the most popular religions in the world, with over 1.2 billion followers worldwide. The Christian faith teaches its adherents to live according to certain principles, known as the “Great Commandment.” These principles are to love God and to love one’s neighbor. Additionally, Christians are called to do justice, show mercy, and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8). The following piece will explore what it means to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God” from a Christian perspective. Additionally, it will discuss how Christians can put these principles into practice in their everyday lives.

1. Christians are called to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.

How can Christians be called to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God? One way is by living out their faith in everyday life. Another way is through serving in their local communities and beyond. Christians can also participate in advocacy and activism to help address systemic injustice. Christians have a biblical mandate to do justice (Micah 6:8). This means taking action to right wrongs and to stand up for the oppressed. It means working for a world that is more fair and just for all. Christians can do this by being engaged citizens, voting, writing to their representatives, and supporting organizations that are working for justice. Christians are also called to love mercy (Luke 6:36). This means showing compassion and care for those who are struggling. It means reaching out to the marginalized and the vulnerable. Christians can do this by volunteering with local organizations that serve the needy, by giving to charitable causes, and by being a listening ear and a friendly face to those who are hurting. Finally, Christians are called to walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8). This means living a life that is pleasing to God and in accordance with His will. It means having humility and God-honoring motives in all that we do. Christians can do this by spending time in prayer, studying the Bible, and being obedient to God’s commands. When Christians do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God, they are living out the gospel in practical ways. They are being the hands and feet of Jesus in a broken and hurting world. And they are making a difference, one act of justice, one act of mercy, and one step of humility at a time.

2. These are not easy things to do, but they are important.

Doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God are not easy things to do. They require effort, patience, and humility. But they are important. They are important because they are what God calls us to do. They are important because they make us more like Christ. And they are important because they change the world. When we do justice, we stand up for the oppressed and the marginalized. We fight for the rights of the voiceless. We speak out against injustice, even when it is uncomfortable to do so. When we love mercy, we show compassion to those who are hurting. We extend forgiveness to those who have wronged us. We offer grace to those who are struggling. When we walk humbly with God, we allow Him to lead us. We follow His commands. We submit to His will. We live our lives for Him. These are not easy things to do, but they are important. They are important because they are what God calls us to do. They are important because they make us more like Christ. And they are important because they change the world.

3. Christians have a responsibility to stand up for what is right.

When it comes to social justice, Christians have a responsibility to stand up for what is right. This means working to end oppression and discrimination, whether it’s based on race, gender, sexuality, or any other factor. It also means working to ensure that everyone has the same opportunities and access to resources. This can be a difficult task, as it requires us to examine our own privileges and prejudices. It also requires us to be honest about the ways that our own actions or inaction might be contributing to social injustice. But it is a vital task and one that we must all take up if we want to create a more just and equitable world. Christians have always been at the forefront of social justice movements, from the abolition of slavery to the civil rights movement. We are called to love our neighbor, and that means working for a world where everyone can live with dignity and respect. We may not always agree on the best way to achieve social justice, but we must always be striving towards it.

4. To love mercy is to show compassion to those who are hurting.

Systemic injustice often leaves entire groups of people feeling broken and forgotten. Love and compassion must be shown to those who are hurting if true justice is to be achieved. Christ calls Christians to step out of their comfort zones and show mercy to those who are suffering. This can be done in many ways, such as fighting for social and economic justice, volunteering with organizations that help those in need, or simply offering a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on. It can be easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and forget about those who are suffering. We can become so focused on our own problems that we fail to see the pain of others. But Christ calls us to love mercy, which means to have compassion for those who are hurting. It is not enough to simply feel sorry for someone – we must take action to help. There are many ways to show mercy. We can advocate for social and economic justice, volunteer with organizations that help those in need, or simply offer a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on. Whatever we do, we must remember that everyone is precious in God’s eyes and deserving of our love and compassion.

5. Walking humbly with God means submitting to His will and guidance.

The Christian life is not about doing things our own way. It’s about submitting to God’s will and guidance. Walking humbly with God means being submissive to His plans and purposes for our lives. It means submitting to His Word, His laws, and His authority. Submitting to God’s will doesn’t mean that we always get our way. It doesn’t mean that we always get what we want. In fact, submitting to God’s will often means doing things that are hard. It means doing things that we may not want to do. But walking humbly with God is worth it. It is worth it because it brings us into alignment with His plan for our lives. It is worth it because it brings us closer to Him. And it is worth it because it leads to eternal life. So how do we walk humbly with God? How do we submit to His will?

  • We submit to His Word. The first step in submitting to God’s will is to submit to His Word. We do this by reading the Bible, studying it, and applying it to our lives.
  • We submit to His laws. Another way we submit to God’s will is by obeying His laws. This means living our lives in accordance with His Word. It means living in a way that pleases Him.
  • We submit to His authority. The third way we submit to God’s will is by submitting to His authority. This means recognizing that He is the boss. He is the one in charge. And we are to obey Him.
  • We submit to His plan. The fourth way we submit to God’s will is by submitting to His plan. This means trusting that He knows what He’s doing. It means believing that He has a good plan for our lives.
  • We submit to His guidance. The fifth and final way we submit to God’s will is by submitting to His guidance. This means following His leading. It means walking where He wants us to walk. Walking humbly with God is not always easy. But it is always worth it. It is worth it because it brings us into alignment with His will. It is worth it because it brings us closer to Him. And it is worth it because it leads to eternal life.

6. Christians should be Bold in doing justice, but compassionate in showing mercy.

Many Christians today seem to think that actions based on justice and mercy are mutually exclusive. That is, if we are compassionate and show mercy to others, then we cannot be bold in doing justice. And vice versa. But this doesn’t have to be the case. We can, and should, be both bold in doing justice and compassionate in showing mercy. The reason this is important is that, as Christians, our ultimate goal should be to imitate Christ. And Christ was both just and merciful. He boldly confronted the religious leaders of his day who were exploiting and oppressing the people. But he also showed compassion to those who were lost, broken, and hurt. He showed mercy to the prostitute, the tax collector, and the leper. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and comforted the sorrowful. In short, he loved people. And that love should be our motivation for both doing justice and showing mercy. So, how can we do this? How can we be both bold in doing justice and compassionate in showing mercy? One way is to start with our attitudes. When we see someone who is being mistreated or exploited, let us not turn a blind eye. Instead, let us have the courage to speak up and confront injustice. But let us also remember to do so in a spirit of love and compassion. We should never seek to humiliate or shame those who are already struggling. Our aim should always be to help them, not to make them feel worse. Another way we can do this is by getting involved in the work of organizations that are already doing justice and showing mercy. There are many organizations, both secular and religious, that are working to end poverty, combat human trafficking, feed the hungry, and much more. We can support these organizations with our time, our talents, and our resources. And by doing so, we can help make a real and lasting difference in the lives of those who are most in need. So, let us be bold in doing justice and compassionate in showing mercy. Let us love others, as Christ loves us. And let us never forget that, as Christians, we are called to be a light in the darkness, and a force for good in this world.

7. We are all called to walk humbly with God.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. -C.S. Lewis Walking humbly with God means that we are constantly aware of His presence in our lives and strive to live according to His will. It’s about putting Him first in everything we do and making Him the center of our lives. It’s not about being perfect or always getting it right, but it’s about trying our best to live according to His Word. The Bible is full of verses that encourage us to walk humbly with God. In Micah 6:8, we are called to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.” This is such an important verse because it shows us that our relationship with God is not just about believing in Him, but it’s about living out our faith. We are called to follow His commands and to love others. Another verse that speaks to this is Philippians 2:3-4, which says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.” This verse is a reminder that we are not to live for ourselves, but for others. When we put others first, we are walking humbly with God. There are so many verses in the Bible that remind us of the importance of humility, and it is something that we should all strive for in our lives. Walking humbly with God is not always easy, but it is so worth it. It’s a way of life that will lead us to a deeper relationship with Him and a fuller life.

In a world where there is so much division, it is refreshing to hear a message of unity. Christians are called to love God and love their neighbor, and this message is a reminder that we are all called to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.

Will you submit to His Will for his People?
Pastor Harris

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