“What does the Lord require of you? Do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 [From a letter to my kids]
To “do justly” means to treat other people like you’d like to be treated. (Matt 7:12) To be fair, to take care of folks. To do what you say you will. Like my Daddy says, “A man’s word is as good as his bond.” “He … swears to his own hurt and does not change;” Psalm 15:4.
To “love mercy” means that you realize that the only way to live long and do good is to have God’s mercy on a regular basis, and you realize that to get mercy you have to give mercy. You realize that mercy is better than judgment, any day. If you have to choose between punishing somebody or letting them loose and forgetting about it; LET THEM LOOSE. “Vengeance is mine, says the Lord, I will repay.” (Rom 12:19) “Blessed, (happy) are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matt 5:7. The second great commandment originates in Leviticus 19:18, where it says, “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” Mercy means to forgive and forget.
To “walk humbly with your God.” That means that you realize that God is everything, and without God you are nothing. In Romans 12:3, “Don’t think more highly of yourself than you ought to think.” [paraphrase] You’re no better that the least of these. “He who would be great, first let him serve.” Mark 10:43. “The last shall be first, and the first shall be last.” Matt 20:16.
“God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;” 1 Corin. 1:27. Just remember that it’s not your power, but the power of God within you, and you’ll do just fine.