Micah 6:8 (The Message) “But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love. And don’t take yourself too seriously—take God seriously.”
Goodness knows if I get this one down, I will see transformation in my life. I love the way The Message puts this verse in such simple language that even I understand it. But that won’t be enough just to comprehend it. This one requires some serious application. Do what is fair, be compassionate and loyal, and for the sake of the Lord, don’t take anything too seriously but God. In my theme of contentment for 2009, here is wisdom and truth that place my feet on a path that center on God.
In my devotional this morning, so like God, it spoke to me of the importance of planting the Word, applying it deep in my heart, and not just thinking, yeah, that’s a wonderful message. If you only hear the Word, and even agree with it, that requires no faith whatsoever. We must act on it. It must effect change in the life of the hearer. So as we study these verses together and tuck them away in our hearts, may we be transformed by the actions they compel us to folllow. Let us lock His Word in our heart and set our affections on it. His Words are life and health and truth. They are the substance of our lives.
What a great verse!!! I love it. And, doesn’t it just make you want to go get a bunch of those sticky notes that are tiny like tabs and mark all over your Bible when you see a scripture that you adore? *grin*
I love it. And, I love you to pieces. You doing ok? We are settling back into our back to school routine. Its been tough on this momma. I’m a Summer girl.
That’s an interesting passage. You’re right. We have to apply what we read and learn and not just think about it.
Thank you for letting me write a guest post on your blog. It was an honor.
You are such a compassionate and loyal friend! I am Praying for contentment for you and I’m sure by not taking yourself as seriously you will definitely be more content. I want learn this one as well. I hope the verses we are memorizing help us to… never be the same! It really is… quite simple!
Wish we were neighbors!
Thank you for the idea of looking at my verses in The Message! I need to learn not to take myself so seriously! When my daughter says to me “seriously”, that is my clue to lighten up.
I love your Bible verse. I am still asking God about my 2nd verse…still struggling with the first verse. LORD, help me!
You always bless me with your posts. You have great depth dear girl. Praying for you and yours….Mary Lou
Love your verse. (As if I would not love the Word of God.) Applying it to our every day living can be tricky, but obviously through Christ possible.
My verse is I Sam 16:7 from the Homan Christian Standard Bible:
But the LORD said to Samuel, ” Do not look at his appearance or stature, because I have rejected him. Man does not see what the LORD sees, for man sees what is visible, but the LORD sees the heart.”
Hey there… I have not been by any blogs in a while. When I saw your verse over at LPM, I had to stop by and tell you how much I LOVE this verse of Scripture.
The Message translation particularly resonates… Oh Glory!
I love the part: “Don’t take yourself too seriously, take God seriously.”
For a long time I felt just as this verse admonishes us but could not explain it. Then I heard this verse taught at a conference and thought… That’s it… That is what I have been trying to tell my children for years.
Do justice and love mercy. I need to live justly and walk in righteousness and be an extension of God’s mercy and loving-kindness to others… Do Justice, Love mercy. That is how I sum up Micah 6:8 … I wrote about it somewhere in the scads of posts over at my blog.
Have a blessed week, and thank you for blessing me this morning.
Well, this is one that’s made my list for memorization as well. At the rate I’m adding scriptures, I’ll be trying to do one a week rather than two a month! I agree that it’s not enough to just memorize them, though. We truly are looking for transformation. (I suppose the memorization is going to be the easy part…)
I hope your day is wonderful!
That’s so interesting because this verse came up a couple of times for me earlier in the month and I thought sure it was going to be my memory verse this time, but He ended up giving me something different. Great verse, though!