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Humility Versus Pride


Written by Dr. O. S. Hawkins, a contemporary author, retired pastor, and financial manager. This is an excerpt from his work “What Does the Lord Require of You?”

The Lord requires us not only to do justly and to love mercy but also to “walk humbly with your God,” a requirement that clearly addresses our attitude. We are not to allow the perpendicular pronoun to raise its ugly head. Pride, the “Big I,” is one of the greatest hindrances to receiving God’s blessing…The emphasis is on the action we take in response to Micah’s instructions. We are to walk humbly before God and others and walk refers to how you live your life. Enoch “walked with God” (Genesis 5:22), Noah “walked with God” (Genesis 6:9), and so has every man and woman who have known God’s favor.

What is required of us? Justice… you must DO it! Mercy… you must LOVE it! Humility… you must WALK it! And Jesus is our ultimate example. Knowing that divine justice demanded payment for the penalty of mankind’s sin, and even though He Himself never sinned, Jesus went to the Cross to “do justly.” And from the Cross we see how He loved mercy, saying to those who had driven the spikes into His hands, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.

Did He walk humbly? Even on the evening of His betrayal and arrest — the evening of His greatest need — Jesus was on His knees, washing His disciples’ feet. Micah 6:8 is not a suggestion, but a requirement. So keep your hands busy: do justly. Keep your heart broken: love mercy. And keep your head bowed: walk humbly with your God.


Written by John Newton (1725-1807). An Anglican cleric, captain of slave ships, and later abolitionist. He wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace.”

I want more liberty at a throne of grace, more knowledge of the Scripture, more zeal for God, more love to souls. I want larger measures of humility, thankfulness, spirituality, and faith. I want wisdom, courage, patience, tenderness in my work, and I want to see my poor labors attended with a more abundant and extensive blessing. I want a single eye and a simple heart, to follow, trust and obey the Lord, like a little child.


Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk HumblyPerformed by Pat Barrett.

This song was written by the performer, who is a contemporary worship leader, and was released in February 2021.

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