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Justice, Kindness, Humility

What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

DO JUSTICE

Micah is direct and specific in the familiar verse above. What does it mean to “do justice”? Social justice, racial justice, economic justice… Do I have to understand all those terms? Let’s say this: justice means the specific generosity of considering another person’s problems as your own. Just like Jesus, who took on our biggest problem – sin – as his own.

LOVE KINDNESS

The kindness we are commanded here to love is not the squishy kindness of trying to keep everyone happy. This is the sacrificial kindness of speaking the truth in love and praying for our enemies. This kindness sees each person as needing compassion, and the truth, and time for the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts. Kindness hates unjust systems and loves people.

WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD

We don’t know everything. God knows everything. He’s got the whole world in His hands and I don’t need to know how things are going to work out, I need to trust God and follow Him.

Did you notice what Micah does NOT say God requires of us? To have all the answers. To solve all the problems. To take away all the pain.

This is a place for folks who want to think deeply about loving our neighbors, especially considering what causes poverty and how we as the Church are called to respond. Most of us are living and serving in Lake County, Illinois.

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