Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

justice, mercy, humility

Ever since I can remember I have had a soft spot in my heart for those who are mistreated.   In a perfect world all would be fair.  Ah, but I do not live in a perfect world.

Micah 6:8  “He has shown you, O man, what is good and what does the Lord requires of you.  But to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.”

…to do justly —  to do the right thing.  It is more than that though.    It is to treat people fairly.   I have heard it said that respect has to be earned.  I understand what is meant by that.  Yet I think that some people use that as an excuse to treat people poorly.   

I think that everyone should be treated decently.   How I treat someone is not a reflection of what type of person they are, but it is a reflection of what type of person I am.  This is more challenging at times.  Yet it is possible to treat people (yes even people who rub you the wrong way) decently.   

….to love mercy —  not getting the punishment that I deserve.  I love mercy! 

 I try to demonstrate  mercy by not being critical,  judgmental, or harsh in my dealings with people.  What is it that I hand out to people?  mercy or judgement??  The tongue can be a powerful weapon used either to build up or to be hurtful.  It can be used to offer mercy or it can be a cruel weapon.    Oh that I would always pick mercy.

…to walk humbly with our God — recognizing that without God I am nothing.  With God I can do all things, but it is not by my ability.  It is by the grace of God.   The opposite of humble would be prideful.  When pride steps in, humility steps out. 

I remember as a kid befriending this girl who was being picked on.  Kids can be so cruel.  As I grew up I learned that adults can be cruel also.  Some people feel the need to make others look bad so that in some warped way they look good.  I could never understand this.  

It does matter how I treat people.  It does matter how I talk about people.  It does matter if I choose to do the right thing or choose to do nothing.  (Unless, of course, nothing should happen to be the right thing for that situation.)  It does matter.

do justly 

love mercy

walk humbly with God

til next time

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June 6, 2009 - Posted by | just thinking about stuff, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Micah 6:8 is one of my favorite verses!

    Comment by Pastor Curt | June 8, 2009 | Reply


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