“He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).
Because the people have highly displeased God by their rebellious, sinful lives, the two previous verses pose questions that probe what kind of punishment God will require for them to re-establish their relationship with Him.
Micah first points out that God has shown them what He requires. In other words, they should already know what God wants them to do: “to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
“To do justly” means they are fair and unbiased in their dealing with others, “to love mercy” means they are guided by loving kindness as they interact with their fellows, and “to walk humbly with your God” means they humbly live according to God’s instructions to them.
No better instruction could be given to people of any biblical age. When we follow these three rules, we are living as God wants us to.