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Online Bible Verses - Micah Chapter 6: It's All Good

Updated on May 10, 2012

“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 6:8NIV

What defines good? We see around us many fluid standards and sub-categories, such that almost anything or anyone can fall under the ever increasing umbrella of “good”. And if you just miss “good”, then maybe you can qualify as “pretty good”. The bar can always be adjusted such that, in the end, it’s all good. What was once absolute now becomes impossible to define. Or, put more conveniently, definable to suit anyone.

It says above that God has shown us good. Couple that with the notion God is not in the habit of changing His tune, and we conclude His standard of good does not change to accommodate man. Throw in Romans 3:10 to get an idea of just how good we are when banged up against that standard:

“There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
All have turned away,..”

“no one” is used 3x. I guess He wanted to be clear that no one means no one. That seems to exclude everyone, even Tom, Dick and Harry, who are said to be pretty good.

The 2nd part of the today’s verse set then lays out what is required of us. However, being that none of us are good, why bother? The same conclusion I came to about 25 years ago. Not so fast. If we go read through the first 10 chapters in Romans, we see that the discouraging news in Romans 3:10 is offset by much happier news. That being, God is and has been good in such a way as to compensate for us being not so good. “Not so good” actually meaning not good at all. And that is the essence of the Gospel. “Gospel” means good news. And the good news is, God loves us the way we are. And He will view us as good even though we are not. Then, knowing He loves us and has done for us what we could never do, we can actually go out and do some good.

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