[Bible references: Psalm 33:5; Proverbs 2:9; Isaiah 1:17; 56:1; Jeremiah 22:3; Micah 6:8; Matthew 18:21-35]
There is much in this world that is not just or righteous. As God’s servants, we are called to seek both. But just like the servant in the parable of the unmerciful servant we can forget the mercies shown to us when we are dealing with each other. There is much that makes us yearn for justice in a world filled with cruelty, but we need to remember that as God acted on his own demands of justice, he yet found a way to bestow great mercy on us.
The prophets of Israel, and even Jesus, condemned those people who acted in self-righteousness and did not seek justice and mercy for those around them. In our own search for justice, we should remember the entreaty in Micah 6:8, “What does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”
 Owens, Nellie. “Four things everyone should know about humility” Activechristianity.com activechristianity.org/4-things-everyone-should-know-about-humility; Britton, Doug. “The Bible shows the power in humility” http://www.dougbrittonbooks.com/onlinebiblestudies-selfworthandrespect/meaningofhumilityinthebible-humbleinbible/
In what ways have you received mercy in your life?
Isaiah 1:17; Micah 6:8. Think about how humility relates to both mercy and justice. What implications does that have for how we treat others?