THE DUTY OF MAN
Micah 6. 8
Over these past weeks we have been considering the duties of man as set out by the prophet Micah, We considered firstly, the requirement to ‘do justly’ and then to ‘love mercy’ and now we consider the third requirement to ‘walk humbly ‘.
While it is likely that all of us would like to be called honest and just and most of us would like to be called merciful and thoughtful of others not everyone would like to be called humble If by humility we mean we have a very low opinion of ourselves that we are continually saying that we are miserable sinners and that our humility is regarded as a sign of weakness.
We need to understand that true humility has very little to do with thinking how small we are but much more to do with thinking how great God is The more we appreciate the blessings we receive but do not deserve and the more we see the essential goodness in others, often less fortunate than ourselves, the nearer we come to humility. If we can be so concerned about the wellbeing of others that we forget about ourselves, then humility will grow without our knowing it.
In these few simple words, Micah sums up the whole duty of man as well as it could be done in the days before the coming of Christ.
Do justly – our duty to society Love mercy —our duty to our neighbours Walk humbly – our duty to God..