Mercy

For years, long before I became a Christian, one of my favorite bible verses was Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, oh man.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God”.  My reason for loving this verse is that it tells you exactly what you need to do if you really want to impact your community, and to make the world a better place.

In order to do justly, you must first need to understand what justice really is.  Not the justice that you see today in our society, but biblical justice.  Your view of justice changes when you realize that if today’s justice was given to you, then you would have no chance of being in heaven.  That person that hurt you?  God died for them also.

Many people incorrectly believe that they really get mercy.  I listened to the Hatmakers talk at a conference recently.  They said two amazing things about mercy.  The first was that we need to learn to love mercy.  We are not able to show mercy to others if we don’t love mercy first.  Then they said that if you have an us and them mentality, then you really do not get what mercy truly is.  Our world has been spun in to a us vs them mentality.  If we really want to reach our community, we need to do away with us vs them and move to a place where mercy is loved.

Finally, we need to walk humbly with our God.  This may end up being the easiest yet most difficult piece of this verse.  As Christians, we know that God is better than us, and yet how often do we act like we know better than He does?  Being humble means that we lower ourselves so that He can be exalted.  When we place all three of these things together, I believe that we will finally begin to reach our community.

Pastor Derrick