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Day 35 – Issue 21

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Be Still Know

Micah 6:8 NLT

‘No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.’

What does humility look like? The prophet Micah says it is to be just, kind, and to love mercy. I spent my teenage years campaigning for justice. I worked with young Oxfam, and collected signatures for a petition to government concerning the war in Biafra. All my energies and spare cash were poured into this activity and the many campaigns I subsequently worked on. But, many years later, I see little effective outcome from all that effort. When multiplied by the efforts of countless others, what does it add up to?

The powers that blight our world are all disempowered by the cross and resurrection. We are then empowered through obedience to God to express the life available, freed from the scourge of power other than God’s. This is justice, this is right, living out God’s kingdom practices today. It doesn’t guarantee our experience will be free from injustice; it does demonstrate that injustice is on the way out.

When working with those who were persecuted for their faith, I was amazed at their grace and perseverance. They looked to those beyond their shores to speak and work on their behalf. Even more, they requested that we pray for them. In responding we are able to demonstrate kindness and mercy, the second criteria Micah identifies.

I also recognise that I enjoy benefits that may arise from the injustice experienced by others. My access to cheap goods and services is dependent upon the labour of others in parts of the world where they have little opportunity to attain the quality of life I enjoy. I accept Christ’s great victory over the powers, and seek to fathom how I can express the consequences of that victory through my daily life and the choices I make.

QUESTION: How is the call to love justice and mercy worked out in your life?

PRAYER: Lord, help me to do what is good, to do what is right in the world.

Written by: Matt Weet

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