I don’t know about you, but boy do I ever welcome Spring. Everything has that clean, new growth, fresh spring smell and look. It made me think about what kind of shape my heart is in after a ‘winter’ season of challenges. It made me think about how God would want me to spring clean my heart. Recently, God gave me a verse while going through one of those ‘winter seasons of challenges.’ It is found in Micah 6:8 and I think it is the perfect verse for spring cleaning your heart.
Micah 6:8 “He has told 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.”
First, note the word ‘require’. The next three things listed are not options; God requires us to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with Him. Second, another action word pops up in the first of the three things listed: act. What do these words “to act justly” mean? The phrase ‘Actions speak louder than words’ comes to mind. In a practical way, God requires us to do mishpat, the Hebrew word used here for justice. Acting justly is not easy sometimes. It requires courage, wisdom about when and how to act, and the refusal to not give up when things are difficult. Acting justly means that we apply biblical principles to people in situations that they or we, find ourselves in.
Third, ‘to love mercy’, chesed in Hebrew, means to faithfully continue to be kind toward others when they do not deserve it. We serve a merciful God. He requires us to not only show mercy, but to love mercy. That means that we can make a habit of showing mercy because it comes from our heart. We have a heart for mercy because God has put it there.
Fourth, ‘to walk humbly with your God’, anav in Hebrew, means that we need to remember Who’s in charge and praise Him for it. Follow God’s lead dear one. In other words, seek His counsel from His word before you act; allow yourself to be advised by God. There is however, one very important aspect to this final requirement: in order to walk humbly with God, we must first know Him personally. The verse states ‘walk humbly with your God.’ Do you know Jesus dear one? Have you humbly asked Him to forgive you of your sinful ways and to fill you with Himself? It is the first step toward spring cleaning your heart. God loves you and wants you to be His. Everything will then be clean, fresh, look clear and promote new growth.