Amplified Bible (AMP)
8 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?
Walking through this life in a pleasing manner to God is outlined in the above verse. The Lord requires several characteristics of personality that are not always apparent in His Bride.
But as His fire burns away our impurities, what remains is pure, pure gold.
Tests and trials may be designed by the evil one for our destruction, BUT God is Sovereign and allows us to endure them for our own good.
Could is be that that difficult season we are walking through teaches us humility by cultivating our trust in God alone?
Or when faced with someone who we think is "in sin," what is our response?
Do we offer kindness and mercy?
Are we honorable and fair in our dealings with others or do we demonstrate partiality with those we call friends?
Father, empower us by Your Spirit to fulfill Your directive. We are acutely aware that we need Your grace to walk through this life, pleasing You. We ask for Your help, not because we think we can earn our way to You, but because we love You and desire to be good children. All for the glory of Jesus, AMEN!