Do Justice. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly.

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In today’s message, we talk about a verse that summarizes the Old Testament. It’s also a verse that describes what we’re about as a church. Listen in as we start talking about this all important topic for our time.

“ He has shown you, O man, what is good.

   And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

   and to walk humbly with your God.”

 

Do Justice.

Love Mercy. 

Walk Humbly.

Galatians 2:6

But from those who were influential (whatever they were makes no difference to me; God shows no favoritism between people)—those influential leaders added nothing to my message. 7 On the contrary, when they saw that I was entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised just as Peter was entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised 8 (for he who empowered Peter for his apostleship to the circumcised also empowered me for my apostleship to the Gentiles) 9 and when James, Cephas, and John, who had a reputation as pillars, recognized the grace that had been given to me, they gave to Barnabas and me the right hand of fellowship, agreeing that we would go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10 They requested only that we remember the poor, the very thing I also was eager to do.

1 John 3:17-18

But whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person?

18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth.

Luke 14:12-14:

12 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you host a dinner or a banquet, don’t invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors so you can be invited by them in return and get repaid. 13 But when you host an elaborate meal, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14 Then you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

James 1:19-27

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Matthew 23:1-11

23 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The experts in the law and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat. 3 Therefore pay attention to what they tell you and do it. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they teach. 4 They tie up heavy loads, hard to carry, and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing even to lift a finger to move them. 5 They do all their deeds to be seen by people, for they make their phylacteries wide and their tassels long. 6 They love the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues 7 and elaborate greetings in the marketplaces, and to have people call them ‘Rabbi.’8 But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher and you are all brothers. 9 And call no one your ‘father’ on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one teacher, the Christ. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Micah 6:6-8

6 With what shall I come before the Lord

   and bow down before the exalted God?

Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,

   with calves a year old?

7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,

   with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?

Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,

   the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.

   And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

   and to walk humbly[a] with your God.

Matthew 9:13

Go and learn what this saying means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Matthew 12:7

If you had known what this means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.

James 2:13

13 For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy ; mercy triumphs over judgment.

James 3:17

17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.

Justice

2 Corinthians 9:9 As it is written, ”[God] has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness [JUSTICE] endures forever.” 10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness [JUSTICE].

 

  1. in a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God

    1. the doctrine concerning the way in which man may attain a state approved of God

    2. integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking feeling, and acting

  2. in a narrower sense, justice or the virtue which gives each his due

A Christian who does not pursue Justice in society is an anomaly.  

Mercy

  1. mercy: kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them

    1. of men towards men: to exercise the virtue of mercy, show one’s self merciful

    2. of God towards men: in general providence; the mercy and clemency of God in providing and offering to men salvation by Christ

    3. the mercy of Christ, whereby at his return to judgment he will bless true Christians with eternal life

Humbly

to make low, bring low

  1. to level, reduce to a plain

  2. metaph. to bring into a humble condition, reduce to meaner circumstances

    1. to assign a lower rank or place to

    2. to abase

    3. to be ranked below others who are honoured or rewarded

    4. to humble or abase myself by humble living

  3. to lower, depress

    1. of one’s soul bring down one’s pride

    2. to have a modest opinion of one’s self

    3. to behave in an unassuming manner

    4. devoid of all haughtiness

Author: David Lindner

I am blessed to be able to serve SixEight as the Lead Pastor. I am humbled to have been brought into this role and am very excited about what God wants to do in me and us through this. I grew up in the church and have been a worship pastor for the last decade. I am married to a wonderful woman and have four amazing children.

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