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? Micah 6:8
The words of this scripture are significant to me in a number of ways. I have heard them most recently in the song by Casting Crowns entitled “Courageous,” featured in the movie of the same name. This scripture is the key verse for the Union University School of Social Work, from which I graduated. It is but one of many scriptural iterations of what pleases God in our daily lives.
To do justice may involve many things. When I think about the family, doing justice by our children involves giving them the discipline and training required to be successful in life, before God. It means taking a long-term view of living that sometimes denies the desires of the present in favor of sustained happiness in the future. Teaching children to wait with patience for those things that are most important in life and will lead them to peace, without fear of negative consequences. Instilling good habit the importance of work, the value of prayer, the value of helping others.
How else do we do justice by our children? I invite you respond!