Walk Humbly with your God.
The Pharisees had the first part down pat --
Check! They knew right and wrong like the back of their hands.
Though Doing Justly constituted only one third of the command given in Micah 6:8, they treated it as the be all, end all.
In one instance among many, Matthew 12:7 to be exact, Jesus calls the Pharisees on their forgetfulness of the three-dimensional aspect of this directive:
Interesting that Loving Mercy and Walking Humbly are underneath Doing Justly, not to make them less than, but to show them foundational to the doing of right and not doing of wrong.
Jesus looked deeper in to the posture of the heart from which their outward deeds proceeded. In true form He measured what was seen by what was unseen, the bonafide barometer of holiness.
Do Justly is indeed only one third of the instruction here in this verse, yet how often do I stop there, fan out my "filthy rags"* for all to see, and put a big check mark in my "Holy" box?
It's a classic case of putting the proverbial cart before the horse --
I hear above the clamoring of the pharisee in me the still small voice of Jesus calling me to be merciful, indeed to love mercy, and to walk humbly in step with Him, to let all that I do stem from this stance...I feel Christ's gentle correction as his Shepherd's staff prods 'a wretch like me' toward true holiness...and with new eyes I read the ancient words written so long ago, yet relevant as ever...
Walk Humbly with your God