Micah chapter six is a chapter in which God is pleading with Israel. They had sinned against Him and their punishment was coming, but He had given them plenty of warnings and even more chances to turn back to Him, to repent of their sin. Yet, they chose not to. They continued to sin, to worship other gods, even sacrifice children, just like other nations all around them.
This chapter of Micah is a plead for them to turn back to Him. In it, God shows us what is good. He says to “do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God.”
Let’s take an in-depth look at this, shall we?
To “do justly” is to act with justice.
Mercy actually means love.
And humble is actually the same Hebrew word used in Exodus when the Israelites were captured by Egypt and they implored Pharaoh to let them go and humble himself before God. His heart was hardened, so this word humble implies a softening of our hearts, to submit before God. On Google, the definition of humble is “not proud or arrogant,” and “thinking of one’s self ill-deserving or unworthy.” We are sinners who are unworthy of God’s love and yet He has freely given it to us anyway.
When all put together, then this particular verse in Micah chapter six is a lot like 1 Corinthians 13: 4 – 8 which talks about love and how it doesn’t boast and isn’t prideful or arrogant.
We are to show kindness and love to others, to submit ourselves before God, to soften our hearts to Him, and to love with the same love that He has for us.
Are you submitting to God today? Am I? Take a moment to reflect in your life to see which areas you need to submit to God—which areas you need to ask Him to help you soften your heart in.