This verse helps us answer the question of what God requires of us. Instead of offering animal or oil or even child sacrifices, we are to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. Matthew 22:37-39 teaches “Love the Lord with all you heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” God requires that we love Him with all of our being and love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves.
How are you doing at keeping the Lord’s requirements? Do you act justly in your daily life by dealing honestly & truthfully with others? Proverbs 11:1 says, “The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him” The Spirit of God enables us to act justly and to display the fruit of the Spirit in our lives “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)”
When we fail to keep His requirements, we seek God’s mercy. He doesn’t give us what we deserve for our sins. Instead He deals mercifully with us. Jesus paid the price, so that we can receive God’s mercy and then offer it to others. Colossians 3:12-13 says, “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
The final requirement is that we walk humbly with God. When we are humble before God, we will be humble toward other people as well. In our relationships with one another, we are to have the same humble servant mindset as Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5-8)
God our Heavenly Father, we thank you for the many opportunities in our daily life to be Your servant. Help us to serve others by acting justly, by showing mercy and loving those we come into contact with today and every day. Bless us with the wisdom to be humble and grateful for the many gifts you have given us, especially the most important gift of all, Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.