The most succinct answer to this important question is in Micah 6:8 Micah 6:8He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
American King James Version×, where the prophet records, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”
The laws of God establish a perfect framework for distinguishing between good and evil, and teach us how to shape our actions accordingly. When we understand and apply these laws to our lives, we can begin to do justly.
The sacrifice of Christ was an expression of love toward us when we deserved death. When we understand that we could never deserve such a gift, we can begin to love mercy and extend it to others who likewise don’t deserve it.
God invites us to walk with Him to a future far brighter than any we could ever build for ourselves. When we understand the splendor, wisdom and might of the Creator of the universe compared to the imperfection of our frail human frames, we can begin to walk humbly with our God.
Besides Micah 6:8 Micah 6:8He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
American King James Version×, there are a number of other scriptures that tell us how to please God. Hebrews 11:6 Hebrews 11:6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
American King James Version×shows we need, and Romans 8:8-14 Romans 8:8-14 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you. 12 Therefore, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
American King James Version×highlights our need to be led by God’s Holy Spirit. Consider also the love for God and our fellow man described in Deuteronomy 6:5 Deuteronomy 6:5And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
American King James Version×; John 13:34-35 John 13:34-35 34 A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.
American King James Version×; 1 John 5:3 1 John 5:3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
American King James Version×; and James 1:27 James 1:27Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
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All these facets may be easy to define, but they are difficult to master. They require a lifetime of dedication and continuous effort—but without them, we cannot please God. With them, we can be assured of hearing, when Jesus Christ returns, “Well done, good and faithful servant… Enter into the joy of your lord” (Matthew 25:21 Matthew 25:21His lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter you into the joy of your lord.
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