A Summary of What the Lord Requires of His Children

Micah 6:8

8 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?

Elder Marlin K. Jensen said:

“. . . It should come as no surprise that, in the estimation of some, humility ranks quite low on the scale of desirable character traits. Popular books have been written in recent years on integrity, common sense, civility, and a host of other virtues, but apparently there is little market for humility. Obviously, in these coarsening times when we are taught the art of negotiating by intimidation, and assertiveness has become a byword of the business world, those seeking to become humble will be a small and overlooked but critically important minority. . . .

“. . . True humility will inevitably lead us to say to God, ‘Thy will be done.’ . . .

“. . . The greatest act of courage and love in the history of mankind—Christ’s atoning sacrifice—was also the greatest act of humility and submissiveness. Some may wonder if those seeking to become humble must forever defer to the strongly held opinions and positions of others. Certainly the Savior’s life evidences that true humility is anything but subservience, weakness, or servility.

“. . . Humility leads to other virtues such as modesty, teachableness, and unpretentiousness . . .

“The Old Testament prophet Micah . . . was concerned about nurturing the development of humility. To his people he said, ‘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).

“God bless us all to walk humbly with Him and with all men. . . . I testify that Jesus Christ, God’s meek and lowly Son, personifies humility. I know that it will be in humility that we one day kneel at the Savior’s feet to be judged of Him (see Mosiah 27:31; D&C 88:104). May we live our lives to prepare for that humble moment . . .”

(“To Walk Humbly with Thy God,” Ensign, May 2001, 9, 10, 11.)

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