Requirement For God’s Acceptance

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Requirement For God’s Acceptance

1-Peter_5-8: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour
1-Peter_5-8: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour

Micah 6: 1 – 8

In the Passage for today’s reflection, God laid out His case against Israel as a lawyer presents his complaint against an accused person in a court of law.(Micah 6: 1 – 5). Israel responds (Micah 6: 6 – 7) by wondering what offerings could be given that would be pleasing and acceptable to God. Prophet Micah in Micah 6: 8 gives the right answer to Israel’s enquiry, “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 God.” This, essentially, is what is required for acceptance before God.

 

It is possible to have a misconception about what God requires from His people. A person can serve God in various capacities and give bountifully towards the work of God without finding acceptance before Him because while serving and giving are desirable, they are not acceptable to God if not done with a pure heart. 1 Corinthians 13: 2 – 3 say “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames but have not love, I gain nothing.”

 

What the Lord requires of us is to act justly, to love mercy and to be humble. Our personal biases should not make us pervert justice. We should strive to do what is just before God at all times and as we receive mercy from God, we should also show mercy in our dealings with people. When we humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord, by acknowledging His love and sovereignty, He will lift us up.

 

MEMORY VERSE:
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.”

 

PRAYER:
Lord, order my path and direct my footsteps. Help me to act justly, be merciful and humble in whatever I do for Christ’s sake. Amen.

 

Acts 4
1 Chron. 12-13

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