30:16). Both step onward side by side. If we keep to the rule of right and fit we shall be justified whenever called to examination. If you intend to walk with God, and hope that God will go along with you, you must not only deny, you must so far utterly renounce, and annihilate yourselves, as not to trust in or seek yourselves, but the living God.I. Doctrine — In revealing our duty to us, God exacteth nothing of man but what is good. (17:1). But unfortunately, the decisions that are asked for from day to day are trifling decisions on everyday matters, and, in every instance, to come at the true facts of the case means spending time, means going into worrying details, and there is so much else to be done of so much importance. The prophet, whether Micah or Balaam, sums up the whole duty of man in doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God. It is impossible that you can justly bless God for the inestimable gift of His dear Son while you refuse to hear Him. I said that these three qualities of courage, patience, and sympathy are necessary, whether the work that we have to do is an act of justice or an act of mercy. Here we walk with God as our helper and strength; and if we walk humbly, we shall be sensible of our insufficiency for all the purposes of the Divine life. Let us, then, do justice, let us love mercy, as becometh saints. Beeching. The whole New Testament unfolds this idea. It is man's chief good. They are as upright as a marble column, and as cold and hard. The answer is. The claims of justice are prior to the claims of mercy. We are required to act with the exactest integrity and uprightness towards our fellow creatures in all respects, and towards every one of our fellow creatures. Just before charitable and merciful. This moral obedience is referred to three heads — do justly; love mercy; walk humbly with God. In the text the order is reversed. (Henry Melvill, B. D.)HumilityA question to which the text is an answer. In its root.VI. Religion is a satisfying good. There are two doctrinal heresies against which our text is opposed.1. His wisdom, His righteousness. Agreement is found alone in the Lord Jesus. There is a quarrel and controversy in the universe. About this virtue of humility there is as much strife as about justice and mercy. It is the glory of all human and Divine perfections; the security of justice, and the sanctuary of mercy. The heresy of those who seek to be justified by works.2. Before any of us can walk with God we must be humbled under His mighty hand; and the more deeply and thoroughly we humble ourselves, the more closely we shall walk with God. Though we are never, to remit our watchfulness, nor to forget our danger of again falling into sin, if we be true to God, we shall find each additional act of self sacrifice made in obedience to His will a source of peace and comfort to us.(G. When we think how great a task is set before us we may well rejoice that we have many promises that it is not an impossible one. Dwell on this third point.I. What is it to lead a godless life? We must add mercy to our justice. And never ask more than justice from others. Has He actually required anything? His wisdom, His righteousness. THE SECOND REQUIREMENT IS TO "LOVE MERCY." Nevins, D. D.1. Resolve to learn and practise the good lesson of the text.(O. And righteousness expresses, and alone expresses, the essence of true religion; for true religion is a good mind and a good life. Would it be too much to say that no one can be either just or merciful to those whom he does not love? A modest sense of our own vileness and nothingness; humility being and involv ing a mean esteem of ourselves. But if justice means giving to every one his due, clearly mercy is still more due to the criminal than what we called first justice. There you will find the protection against the flimsy, conventional morality of classes and ages; there you will find a meaning for the words, Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly, and a power to translate them from words into life.1. Micah adds, however, "And to be humble in walking with thy God." This is his rational worship. There is no one but expects this measure from God when he makes application to Him. God has given rules for the regulation not only of our external conduct, and all of it, but of our speech, our thoughts, our motives, our principles of action, and of all the various modifications of feeling.4. Micah 6:8 But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what GOD is looking for in men and women. (1)Let faith have its work. We need not underestimate the importance of evangelical doctrine, but unless the doctrines of grace bear practical results, it is doubtful whether we are truly acquainted with them. THE SAME PACE MUST BE. Then there is Joshua, Moses' successor, who modeled the good walk all his life, told in Exodus and in Joshua. The rise or occasion of this demonstration. What is walking humbly with God? WHAT IT IS TO WALK HUMBLY WITH GOD. But, unfortunately for us, the world is not an abstract world. The second requirement is, "to love mercy." Can such a rule explain how I am to love because it is desirable that I should? It gives Him the glory of His justice.5. T. Eaton, D. D. , LL. And mercy is the essence of all love. Bailey, A. M.)LinksMicah 6:8 NIVMicah 6:8 NLTMicah 6:8 ESVMicah 6:8 NASBMicah 6:8 KJVMicah 6:8 Bible AppsMicah 6:8 ParallelMicah 6:8 Biblia ParalelaMicah 6:8 Chinese BibleMicah 6:8 French BibleMicah 6:8 German BibleMicah 6:8 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)Sudden alterations. We must "walk humbly with God." 5. We are to do justly; we are to love mercy. (John Clementson. The one has always been tempted to maintain that an omnipotent decree makes that good which would not be good without it, makes that evil which would be otherwise indifferent: the other has been always seeking to find what constitutes an action or a habit just or unjust, true or untrue; whether something in its own nature, or in its effect upon the individual doer, or in its influence upon society. We must "love mercy." Justice and honesty in its full shape and beauty is fastened upon its proper pillars, the law of nature, and the law of the God of nature. If I may not learn how I can be just and merciful and humble, to assure me that I am bound to be so is an intolerable oppression. It is most reasonable to suppose, that if ever the Creator of the world should vouchsafe to make any discovery of His intention relative to the conduct of man, the tables of revelation must contain a transcript of the laws of nature. Mercy is an inseparable attendant to human justice; yea, and to the Divine. Be a plain and open dealer.9. He does not behold our efforts of atonement with complacency, as though we were climbing feebly up a righteous way. If you ask how a man, awakened to a sense of religion, may set himself to do the will of God, you must bear in mind the twofold principle of pure grace and free will. III. The love of mercy is a very different thing from any act of professed mercy. Can you say that you justly bless God for your preservation so long as you do not bless Him for your salvation? but may also give grace to obey them. (Henry Melvill, B. D.)HumilityA question to which the text is an answer. Here we walk with God as our disposer and governor; and if we walk humbly, we shall hold ourselves at His control; we shall be willing that He should choose our inheritance for us. And the feeling, though it is mixed with much contradiction, is not a false one. The immoral, the unbeliever, and the worldly minded2. It possesses the power of healing all the various disorders of the human mind and heart; the power to console, comfort, exhilarate, and delight the redeemed spirit of man, in all the circumstances through which, in the providence of God, he may be called to pass in this world. Here we walk with God as a Saviour; and if we walk humbly, we shall not go about to establish our own righteousness, but submit ourselves unto the righteousness which is of God, and acknowledge that we have nothing to glory in before Him. There is the ritualist, who exaggerates the importance of ceremonial. It is our God, in whom we have direct interest. If you do justly, it will be by your God as well as by your neighbour. D.)The justice of one man towards anotherB. When by the grace of God he has been humbled and brought low, then he finds that to walk with God is his highest honour and present joy. We may comprehend all in that axiom of the civilians, "We have as many engagements and obligations as there be instruments and writings betwixt us."IV. What is humility? God has given rules for the regulation not only of our external conduct, and all of it, but of our speech, our thoughts, our motives, our principles of action, and of all the various modifications of feeling.4. He has both his head and his heart in heaven. For walking together more is required than agreement. Has He actually required anything? Right is determined either by the proprietors, or by the magistrate, or by the voluntary agreement of persons that have power and interest. The Lord requires, first, that we "do justly"; in other words, that all our conduct be upright and faithful, that we "defraud not any," and that we always "do unto others as we would they should do unto us." (1) They are reasonable. "Love mercy." Let no man allow himself to be arbitrary in a thing depending between himself and another. Though we are never, to remit our watchfulness, nor to forget our danger of again falling into sin, if we be true to God, we shall find each additional act of self sacrifice made in obedience to His will a source of peace and comfort to us.(G. Another from the authority of the requirement. What is the true humility? WALKING HUMBLY WITH GOD. Everybody expects to be thus dealt with by others. it is a question well worth asking, Why are we so often ashamed to obey the promptings of God's voice speaking in conscience? He has showed us the most infallible and immutable rules of justice, mercy, and humility.II. Mercy is to be shown in sympathy (Romans 12:15; Luke 23:34).III. Note the sanctity of these grand demands. They show that the aim of religion is to elevate character, to purify conduct, to promote goodness; they sum up the mighty spiritual teaching of the prophets; they herald the essential moral revelation of the Son of God. There is a moral and beneficial goodness. Side by side with this stream of religious ordinance flows, through most of the Old Testament, and through all the New, the richer, purer, deeper stream of righteousness. A GREAT DEAL IS REQUIRED OF MAN WHEN HE IS TOLD TO "WALK HUMBLY WITH GOD."1. Reconciliation. I may do things, but against my whole nature. There is a justice due to God, to ourselves, and to others. (John Clementson. A. Then how have we treated His claims? (Frank Hall. In a case of that sort we should consider that it was the province of justice to concern itself with the bare account of the crime alleged, and if that were proved sentence would be passed. Prayerfulness.4. This means at least three things — reconciliation, affection, and intercourse.1. We must "walk humbly with God." WITH REGARD TO OUR TRIALS. Here we walk with God as our helper and strength; and if we walk humbly, we shall be sensible of our insufficiency for all the purposes of the Divine life. If a man has a practical conviction that God is ever at his side, such a man will be the same in public and in private.2. (3) His claims are paramount. We can see. The time and place in which to show that you are religious men and women is when you start upon your work in the morning, when you buy and when you sell, when you spend an hour in recreation, quite as much as when you pray or when you teach. Christ is the cornerstone of the belief and the practice of a Christian. They are as upright as a marble column, and as cold and hard. Is it not to keep a just weight, and a just measure; to be true and just in all your dealings?2. He never yet bade His servant to do His will, and withheld from him the power of doing it. Be always ready to any fair reference.5. The text expresses nothing less than all morality, all philanthropy, all religion; the essence of all vital religion, and the highest spiritual life.1. 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