What Does the Lord Require of Thee?
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Jesus walked the earth, showed us what the meaning of what is good and how to be merciful. The bible has many stories that teach us what a justly living might be like and the benefits thereof. One of my favorite aspects of this verse is "to love mercy.” I think I do love mercy. Every time I see acts of mercy in a movie or in the news, it always makes me cry. Acts of mercy speak louder than 10,000 words, at least I think so anyway.
I remember hearing the following words from a family member a few years ago,” You made your bed, now you sleep in it!" First of all, why would you sleep in a bed that is already made. LOL- (just kidding). I'm sure we have all heard this saying. I'm just so, so glad that God doesn't say that to us when we go to him with our problems. Can you imagine?
Mercy--not getting what you do deserve / withheld punishment
Eph 2:3-5 ...Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved.