Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly with God…
Micah 6:8 (AMP): “…And what does the Lord require of you – Except to be just [act justly], and to love [and to diligently practice] kindness (compassion), and to walk humbly with your God [setting aside any overblown sense of importance or self-righteousness]?”
Let us be determined this week to:
Act justly and wisely. Regardless of what our spouse or loved ones do, let’s start by evaluating our own hearts. When we take responsibility for our own lives and actions, our Heavenly Father can do a great work in and through us. That is when we experience and display the peace and love of God – the kind that surpasses all understanding; especially when it comes to our families (Philippians 4:6-7). Let’s follow Jesus’ example to always act with kindness and love, even if others hurt or wrong us. It’s from our position of trust in God that we can act justly and wisely, when it comes to family issues and situations (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Have mercy – towards ourselves and others. Let’s be kind and compassionate regarding the needs and mistakes of others. Let’s be quick to forgive others – especially when it comes to their weaknesses (Ephesians 4:26-27). God’s loyal love never runs out on us – His merciful love cannot dry up (Lamentations 3:22-24). Let us imitate this Godly love, mercy, honesty and respect toward others in all circumstances (John 13:34-35).
Walk humbly with our God. There are two incredibly important concepts in this phrase: 1) Walk with God. This takes us back to our original conversation about Marriages and Families and seeking God’s presence as our number one priority. Let’s be passionate and vigorous about knowing Him more and understanding His will and plan for our families. 2) May we walk confidently and boldly in step with God, not because of our own ability, but in the strength and authority of Jesus (Philippians 4:13). Let’s follow Jesus’ example of putting other’s first – therefore not being so focused on our own selfish desires, but surrendering our pride, to follow where Jesus leads us (Philippians 2:3-4).
Our Marriages and Families can show those in our communities what it means to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. That’s how we build a strong, healthy nation based on strong values and principles, with God as our foundation. Let’s hold on to these Truths: God is good (Nahum 1:7; Psalm 100:5); God is faithful (Lamentations 3:22-23); His love for each one of us, and our loved ones will never end (Psalm 107:1; 1 Chronicles 16:34)! He is a good, good Father to us and to our families. So let’s be confident that: He only wants the best for our marriages and families (Jeremiah 29:11-13); and “He who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1.6). Above all, let us allow LOVE to rule our households (Ephesians 5:23)!
Heavenly Father, help us to do what is fair, just and to act in wisdom when it comes to our loved ones. Help us to be compassionate and loyal in our love. Holy Spirit, lead us to submit our loved ones into Your care and protection. Jesus, we choose to walk where You lead us. Heavenly Father, please shower our Marriages and Families with Your favour, peace and love! We love You and we honour You as the cornerstone of our families.
** Today’s WRAP is with special thanks to: Natalie Mill; Esté Geldenhuys; Heinz Oldewage; Hantie Carroll; Anna-Marie Francisco; Estell Brink; Marisa Badenhorst; Annalien Prinsloo; Ammeri Marx; Marinda Prinsloo; Jackie Arndt; Elriëtte Henning; Lizelle Uys; Estee Meintjes; Jen de Koker; Lizelle Steenkamp; Yvonne Grobbelaar; Charmaine Oosthuizen; and Ancois Wainwright.