What do you think God expects of you? How do you interpret Micah 6:8?

Consider Micah 6:8

"God has told you, human one, what is good and what the Lord requires from you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God."

 

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  • Kay R.

    Great discussion on line this week; great discussion today! I always learn something new.

    February 2, 2014

  • Michael L.

    I want to take issue (don't I always?) with the language. The word translated "requires" can be rendered as seek or ask. I am really getting to the point where I think we need to get past the idea that God requires anything of us. God has told us what is good and this is what makes life good - to do justice, embrace faithful love, etc. Anyway, having said that, it is no simple thing to live in the way that makes life good because we are constantly torn between various definitions of good.

    2 · January 27, 2014

    • Michael L.

      Very familiar - both the situation and the typical Christian response.

      January 29, 2014

    • Kay R.

      Yeah...Hence all the fuss about saying the exactly right words for communion, rather than exploring what Jesus was trying to model for us with every one of his "holy meals" at every table...even on a grassy hillside with 5000-plus guests!

      1 · January 30, 2014

  • Margaret S.

    Being humble is always hard (without being a doormat). I think this kind of goes along with what we were discussing on Sunday concerning how we approach others with what WE believe, not with arrogance but with example - being winsome as the Bible says to be. Not having a know-it-all attitude; not giving the impression that WE have it made. I agree that it requires us to listen more than talk, something that's always hard for me. :)

    2 · January 27, 2014

    • Kay R.

      I like what you say, Margaret... It speaks to me of openness and listening... Walking with, not ahead of. Great imagery, isn't it!

      January 28, 2014

  • Nancy

    Webster dictionary:
    Hum·ble adjective \ˈhəm-bəl also chiefly Southern ˈəm-\
    : not proud : not thinking of yourself as better than other people

    : given or said in a way that shows you do not think you are better than other people

    : showing that you do not think of yourself as better than other people.

    Maybe humbly is an action word, but a different action, maybe an action people are not comfortable with because there is not enough practice. From the definition above, I am comfortable with humble and choose to add this to my life. One reason why I don't need many acknowledgment when I do things, it needs done and I do it.

    1 · January 27, 2014

    • Kay R.

      I especially like the whole image here: the "Walking humbly with." ...Alongside, in partnership with God. God as life companion in the journey. Humbly suggests to me a slowing down so that it's possible to walk with, alongside, not getting ahead of. Nancy, that fits in with what you're saying about not putting yourself ahead of the other... (especially when the other is God!)

      January 28, 2014

  • Kay R.

    I think I understand the implications of "doing justice" in the world and to the world around me, and "loving kindness" (as it's translated in the NRSV) I understand to mean to love as God loves, treating the other as I would wish to be treated myself - far more than just being nice. It's that THIRD part that's the kicker: "walking humbly with my God." The first two parts are about DOing, and I'm most comfortable with that. The third part is about openness and listening, I think - and that's more of a challenge for me. Anybody else?

    1 · January 27, 2014

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