The Lord’s Requirements By Scarlett Stough

We can be overwhelmed with the idea of reading the whole Bible and getting it all just right so we can please God.

The Christian Bible consists of sixty-six books, an entire library of documents that record God’s interaction with mankind from the beginning of creation. In it we find out who God is and what he is like. In it we find out about relationships between God and certain people. In it we discover instructions on how to please God and to get along with each other. We find out what works and what doesn’t.

But he simplified the matter for us. We are told the Greatest Commandment is to love God with all our being and the second is like it: love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40.) The rest, as the saying goes, is just commentary.

We don’t have to sit around and wonder what God considers to be good and pleasing to him. Micah was commissioned by God to write: “He has showed 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 (Micah 6:8.)”

These are simple concepts. A child understands justice. She knows when she deserved discipline and when she didn’t. She knows it isn’t fair for her sister to get away with something she got punished for doing.

She understands mercy. The time she got caught doing something forbidden and was warned and given a light sentence when she showed her true sorrow and promised not to do it again.

She understands humility. She isn’t strong enough to carry her suitcase, but her Daddy is. She isn’t old enough to earn her own living so she depends on her parents to provide.

What happens to us when we grow up? Do we treat others with the justice we desire? Are we merciful with the mercy we would like to receive? Do we realize our own limitations and give God the credit for all of our blessings? Do we look to him to guide us and provide for us? Do we treat others with respect due to those created in the image of God? Do we allow ourselves to be filled with compassion for the sufferings of people everywhere?

The Lord’s requirements are not complicated. We don’t need any specialized tools or extensive research to discover what they are. Those of us with Bibles that we read have an advantage over those who don’t. But God holds us accountable for what we have, more accountable than those who do not. Even those without a Bible who have not dulled their consciences, realize that justice, mercy and humility are good qualities to live by.

Gaining knowledge, especially biblical knowledge, is a good thing as long as it leads us to live a life of love, shown by justice, mercy, and humility.

 

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