What Is Good?

June 09, 2009

“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8

What is your definition of being good? What would you say if asked? Years ago, a great Jewish prophet gave the answer. He said, “God has shown you what is good, to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”

Let’s look at those more specifically:

  • To act justly: This means to be honest and fair with every person and seek to bring justice for those who are mistreated or taken advantage of.
  • To love mercy: We all mess up, and when we do, isn’t it wonderful to have someone who is compassionate and forgiving? Now, hear me on this. Forgiveness doesn’t mean consequences are removed. But forgiveness never seeks revenge. Compassion is an attitude of the heart.
  • Walk humbly with your God: When a person has no fear of God, that person makes themselves God and will rationalize all kinds of evil. But to live in a way to please God, Who is seen perfectly in Jesus, is a good way to live…the best way to live.

To act justly, to love mercy, and walk humbly with God – those are God’s answers to what is good.