Daily Devotional

Unchanging values

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What does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

- Micah 6:8 (NIV)

When asking for directions to a certain shop, a newcomer friend asked me, “Is it on the right side of the street or the left side?” I replied that it depended on where he was coming from. “If you’re coming from the sugar factory, it’s on the left side of the street.” That didn’t seem to help, so I just said that it’s on the west side of the street. West — like north, east, and south — does not depend on where you’re coming from. It is fixed and unchanging.

Some parts of our lives can be a matter of individual choice: clothes, food, hobbies. But for Christians, compassion, honesty, peace-seeking, and justice are non-negotiable. We are called by Jesus to practice compassion and honesty, to seek peace and justice, and to be loyal to God in every situation. These ways of Christian living are as unchanging as the cardinal points on the compass. They are the standards by which Jesus lived and to which Jesus has called us to live.

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