Thursday, April 26, 2012

Holiness in Humility

How do we demonstrate humility in our lives?

The prophet Micah offered the sure way to go:

"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" (Micah 6: 8)

"Do justly" renders the original text   עֲשׂ֤וֹת  מִשְׁפָּט֙
"Asaph Mishpat": "Do justice", or do what is right.

"Love mercy", in which mercy is really חָ֫סֶד
"Chesed" also means "grace," or favor"

"Walk Humbly" with your God

How do we do justice? In Christ, every believer is made the righteousness of God. Because of His right standing upon us, we walk rightly by faith.

To love mercy, or favor, means that we keep receiving God's favor over our lives. Not content with trying to do things ourselves, we trust in God's goodness to lead us and bless us in all that we do.

To walk humbly with God, for the believer, is the easiest act of all. Since God dwells in us by the Power of the Holy Spirit (John 15: 4), His life animates us through all difficulties (Galatians 2: 20-21). We walk humbly to the degree that we receive from God more grace and grow in knowledge of the Lord, witnessing with the eyes of faith how He is working and moving in our lives.

As we allow the Lord to live in us and lead us, we find ourselves doing the very good which God asks of us. The more we grow in awareness of the following:

"As He is, so are we in this world" (1 John 4: 17), the more we will find that we do justly, love grace, and walk in Him, receiving all that we need.

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