Week of Prayer – November 18, 2016
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. 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 God’s will? Many of us have asked that question. Micah 6:8 is one of clearest and concise Scriptures telling us what God desires his followers to do. In fact, the Lord doesn’t just tell us his desire, but he communicates his expectation.
Our God requires that we act justly. We must render to every person what is their human right. Acting justly recognizes the inherent worth of people (because we’re all created in God’s image), and it seeks others’ wholeness and well-being.
Our God requires that we love mercy. We must have a disposition of the heart that expresses kindness to others despite their imperfections. Daily, the Lord shows us mercy and compassion (Lam. 3:22-23). To love mercy is to embrace the idea of giving unexpected kindness to those who don’t seem to have earned it. After all, none of us have!
Our God requires us to walk in humility. As we submit ourselves to the will and ways of God, we are to esteem others above ourselves.
This is what good religion looks like! Micah summed it up well. And Bridge of Hope mentoring friends are doing God’s will around the country, every day. And God says, is it “good.”
Lord, we pray that Bridge of Hope mentoring friends continue to have humble dispositions, hearts filled with compassion, and hands that assist in the well-being of homeless women and children.
Rev. Dr. Kimberlee Johnson
Rev. Dr. Kimberlee Johnson is the Assistant Pastor at Tasker Street Missionary Baptist Church in Philadelphia and is the founder of the Fellowship of Women Clergy. She is also a faculty member of the Urban Studies Department at Eastern University, as well as the Director of the Center for Urban Youth Development at Eastern. K-lee served on the board of Bridge of Hope National.
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