Requirement For God’s Acceptance

Requirement For God’s Acceptance

1-Peter_5-8: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour

1-Peter_5-8: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour

Micah 6: 1 – 8

In the Passage for today’s reflection, God laid out His case against Israel as a lawyer presents his complaint against an accused person in a court of law.(Micah 6: 1 – 5). Israel responds (Micah 6: 6 – 7) by wondering what offerings could be given that would be pleasing and acceptable to God. Prophet Micah in Micah 6: 8 gives the right answer to Israel’s enquiry, “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.” This, essentially, is what is required for acceptance before God.

 

It is possible to have a misconception about what God requires from His people. A person can serve God in various capacities and give bountifully towards the work of God without finding acceptance before Him because while serving and giving are desirable, they are not acceptable to God if not done with a pure heart. 1 Corinthians 13: 2 – 3 say “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames but have not love, I gain nothing.”

 

What the Lord requires of us is to act justly, to love mercy and to be humble. Our personal biases should not make us pervert justice. We should strive to do what is just before God at all times and as we receive mercy from God, we should also show mercy in our dealings with people. When we humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord, by acknowledging His love and sovereignty, He will lift us up.

 

MEMORY VERSE:
Micah 6: 8 “He has showed you, O man, 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.”

 

PRAYER:
Lord, order my path and direct my footsteps. Help me to act justly, be merciful and humble in whatever I do for Christ’s sake. Amen.

 

Acts 4
1 Chron. 12-13

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2 thoughts on “Requirement For God’s Acceptance

  1. In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain.

    For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.

    When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do [1] ?”

    The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them.

    The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked [2] and those who love violence his soul hates.

    On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot.

    For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.

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  2. Save me, O God,
    for the waters have come up to my neck.
    2 I sink in the miry depths,
    where there is no foothold.
    I have come into the deep waters;
    the floods engulf me.
    3 I am worn out calling for help;
    my throat is parched.
    My eyes fail,
    looking for my God.
    4 Those who hate me without reason
    outnumber the hairs of my head;
    many are my enemies without cause,
    those who seek to destroy me.
    I am forced to restore
    what I did not steal.

    5 You, God, know my folly;
    my guilt is not hidden from you.

    6 Lord, the Lord Almighty,
    may those who hope in you
    not be disgraced because of me;
    God of Israel,
    may those who seek you
    not be put to shame because of me.
    7 For I endure scorn for your sake,
    and shame covers my face.
    8 I am a foreigner to my own family,
    a stranger to my own mother’s children;
    9 for zeal for your house consumes me,
    and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.
    10 When I weep and fast,
    I must endure scorn;
    11 when I put on sackcloth,
    people make sport of me.
    12 Those who sit at the gate mock me,
    and I am the song of the drunkards.

    13 But I pray to you, Lord,
    in the time of your favor;
    in your great love, O God,
    answer me with your sure salvation.
    14 Rescue me from the mire,
    do not let me sink;
    deliver me from those who hate me,
    from the deep waters.
    15 Do not let the floodwaters engulf me
    or the depths swallow me up
    or the pit close its mouth over me.

    16 Answer me, Lord, out of the goodness of your love;
    in your great mercy turn to me.
    17 Do not hide your face from your servant;
    answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.
    18 Come near and rescue me;
    deliver me because of my foes.

    19 You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed;
    all my enemies are before you.
    20 Scorn has broken my heart
    and has left me helpless;
    I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
    for comforters, but I found none.
    21 They put gall in my food
    and gave me vinegar for my thirst.

    22 May the table set before them become a snare;
    may it become retribution and[b] a trap.
    23 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
    and their backs be bent forever.
    24 Pour out your wrath on them;
    let your fierce anger overtake them.
    25 May their place be deserted;
    let there be no one to dwell in their tents.
    26 For they persecute those you wound
    and talk about the pain of those you hurt.
    27 Charge them with crime upon crime;
    do not let them share in your salvation.
    28 May they be blotted out of the book of life
    and not be listed with the righteous.

    29 But as for me, afflicted and in pain—
    may your salvation, God, protect me.

    30 I will praise God’s name in song
    and glorify him with thanksgiving.
    31 This will please the Lord more than an ox,
    more than a bull with its horns and hooves.
    32 The poor will see and be glad—
    you who seek God, may your hearts live!
    33 The Lord hears the needy
    and does not despise his captive people.

    34 Let heaven and earth praise him,
    the seas and all that move in them,
    35 for God will save Zion
    and rebuild the cities of Judah.
    Then people will settle there and possess it;
    36 the children of his servants will inherit it,
    and those who love his name will dwell there.

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