Micah 6:8 ” 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.”

Prior to this verse in Chapter 6, the people were attempting to win back God’s favor…to the point of proposing to offer human sacrifices to Him. (Micah 6:7) Their spiritual ignorance shocked Micah and left him shaking his head in amazement. God has made known to you very clearly what He requires of you…”I desire mercy not sacrifice.” Further, in Matthew 23:23, we find Jesus blasting the Teachers of the Law for focusing on man-made traditions and rituals all the while neglecting the basic fundamentals of justice, mercy and faithfulness. The requirements of this verse in Micah can be best summed up in Mark 12:33, “To love Him with all your heart, with all your understanding, and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Or simply put, a Believer’s lifestyle should emulate God’s character and His ultimate plan and purpose in our lives.

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