What does it mean to live a life that responds properly to God’s grace?
This is a question that was asked of the prophet Micah when God’s people recognised that they were not living in a way that reflected the grace of God.
Their natural response was to perform religious acts, offering all sorts of sacrifices that they thought might please God by their commitment.
But this was God’s response through the prophet Micah:
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 6:8)
There were three things that they were to do to respond properly to God’s love and grace.
Firstly, they were to act justly, making sure that people were treated in a fair way, and that those who mistreated others would stop sinning.
Secondly, they were to love mercy, having a heart-felt desire for God’s steadfast, covenantal love to be known and experienced by all.
And thirdly, they were to walk humbly, or rightly, with their God, obeying his ways, and following his good commands.
God didn’t want their wealth, he wanted their worship… but not a worship that involved ritual, but a worship that involved genuine commitment to living God’s way.
It is not a recipe for how to become friends with God, but rather a way to show genuine thankfulness to God for the love he showed us when we were unlovable… enemies he saved when our hearts were far away.
When we understand God’s mercy shown to us, we will be people who love to lavish that mercy on others, especially when that mercy is not deserved.
For when we are prepared to love those who don’t deserve it, we will then show that we know what it means to know God’s grace.
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This weekend we will be studying chapter 15 and 16 of 1 Kings as Jodie McNeill preaches on the topic, ‘Promise and Power’.
Join us Saturday at 5pm and dinner afterwards, followed by our ‘Nightlife’ fun from 8pm. Or Sunday morning at 9am, followed by morning tea and hot espresso. We can’t wait to have you join us!
If you have any questions, simply fill out a response slip during the service, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send an SMS to 0439 890 086. Here are the questions Jodie plans to answer:
1 Were Jeroboam and Rehoboam as bad as each other?
2 Was God truly mad at the people who lived before Jeroboam?
3 Where does the Bible say that God the father was angry at Jesus his son at the cross?
4 What does the Bible say about addictions, and how can those enslaved be encouraged?
5 Was Jesus boasting when he said “there is no greater love than to die for your friends” (John 15)?
6 Is it wrong for a married couple to choose not to have children?
7 Are there any situations where we are not called to be reconciled with a brother?
Our kids’ ministry programs run at both services. We would love to watch your children, from babies to Year 6, and have them join our leaders in a time of fun and learning. The livestream will continue on the TV in the hall so if you need to stay with your child, you won’t miss out on church.