Yesterday, we focused on the imperative “to do justice.” The second part of Micah’s message is “to love kindness” or as it has been translated “to love well.” To love well is to form right relationships with others, with friends, family and community, with God and one’s self. It’s relevant for these days because even in a pandemic relationships rightly formed matter because we do not live in isolation. Everyone needs a sense of community. We need to love well to share our joys. We need to love well to support each other during our difficulties and distress. We believe that we cannot provide authentic support to others, nor receive it, if we do not love well. In our modern Western culture, as one author writes, “love is an abstract thought of emotion, how one feels toward another but the Hebrew meaning goes much deeper.” As a verb this word means “to provide and protect what is given as a privilege” as well as ” to have an intimacy of action and emotion”. We are told to love God and our neighbors, not in an emotional sense, but in the sense of our actions.
The concluding part of the imperative is to walk humbly with your God. To take that path, to walk humbly with God is to be aware of our need to have God in our life. In the original Hebrew the word translated as “humbly” is interesting and in all of scripture it is used only in this passage in Micah making it a challenge to translate. Could it be that to be humble means to accurately view one’s self? It is to have a view of the self that is not inflated nor deflated. To walk humbly with God is to recognize one’s relationship with God and to acknowledge the importance and the priority that relationship has in our live. When we walk humbly with God, our lives are informed not by the world, but by God and how God desires us to live.
Scripture Reading: Micah 6:8
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
How are you loving well?
What does it mean to you to walk humbly with God?
What does God desire for your life?
Holy God, let me be more intentional in the ways I do justice, in how I am loving others and in the path I travel. Let you goodness flow from me. Amen.
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