The third head regards the first table of the law.I. But, unfortunately for us, the world is not an abstract world. This is not the top stone of the edifice, but its foundation. Blessed are they who are merciful on earth, for they shall obtain mercy when they stand before God's throne.3. By the greatest exemplars of holy men in all degrees. Then if walking humbly with God distinguishes the sincere from the hypocrite, let us take care to walk humbly. The shortness of the discourse concerning them. How is our walking humbly with God to appear?I. Then if walking humbly with God distinguishes the sincere from the hypocrite, let us take care to walk humbly. 8, marg. The religion of the Bible makes us walk with God. God demands from him no impossible service — no countless sacrifices, no rivers of oil; He but bids him walk in the way in which all may walk who will — the paths of justice, mercy, and humility. He who walks with God must be considered as living in the full consciousness that the eye of his Maker is ever upon him; that he cannot take a single unobserved step, nor do the least thing which escapes Divine notice. Why are we so often ashamed to be just, ashamed to be merciful, ashamed in society of defending an unpopular person, ashamed in politics of defending an unpopular cause, fearing to be righteous overmuch, to be merciful overmuch? We must humble ourselves to place our obedience on a new foot of account, and yet to pursue it with no less diligence than if it stood upon the old. C. This includes a fear to offend, and a care to please. They are as upright as a marble column, and as cold and hard. To the law of His grace, and to the law of His providence. Consider justice —1. WITH REGARD TO OUR CONDITIONS. The Lord requires, first, that we "do justly"; in other words, that all our conduct be upright and faithful, that we "defraud not any," and that we always "do unto others as we would they should do unto us." Nevins, D. D.1. It is greatness of power to be able to do this; and it is goodness of mind to perform it. And we should deal so with one another. We shall find comfort. Before we can walk with God, we must have met Him. We must be friends with God. It is by a blameless life we are to illustrate to the world the genuineness of our faith and professions of godliness. The animal man comprehendeth not the doctrines of the Divine Spirit. What it is in reference whereunto we are to humble ourselves in walking with God. — The text contains three points for our self-examination. The shortness of the discourse concerning them. The immoral, the unbeliever, and the worldly minded2. "Do justly." Here, humility is — to fear always; and to — pray. Have we done as He has required? It is not possible that a vitiated mind should have any proper relish for Divine truth. As thou art a Christian, yield more in fair consideration towards a friendly composure than absolute reason will oblige to and enjoin.6. Upon the ease with which His precepts may be obeyed He founds a claim, surely a most touching and irresistible claim, to obedience. "He hath showed thee, O man, what is good." What doth the Lord require of thee? If you desire a universal morality, there must be the revelation of a moral Being. WITH REGARD TO THE WHOLE OF OUR RECOVERY. Right is determined either by the proprietors, or by the magistrate, or by the voluntary agreement of persons that have power and interest. Assuming that, I wish to call your attention briefly to the necessary moral qualities which underlie the practice of these Christian virtues. If you do, you will be of a teachable spirit.2. W. Brameld.These words are the answer of the Almighty, by the mouth of His prophet, to the cry of one of old, whose difficulties in his religious course appeared too great for him. If he strive honestly and deal faithfully with himself, it will not be long before he will despair of success in his undertaking. There is a justice of expiation, to break off our sins by repentance. We must see that in Christ is our supply. What will avail you is not any amount of religiosity, but righteousness. Humility is essential to walking with God. In order to do justly we should construe the conduct of others as we would have our own conduct construed by them. (2)Those who enjoy the light of God's Word. Whatsoever is by institution may, by the same authority that imposed it, be discharged and abated. (1)Visible confusion. ): — This "walking with God" is the most expressive phrase in the Bible for the Divine life. Right is determined either by the proprietors, or by the magistrate, or by the voluntary agreement of persons that have power and interest. I propose to follow the Jewish prophet in assuming that we have all been instructed in the Divine law, so that the great names of justice and mercy have a meaning to us, whether we can put that meaning into words or not. All action should be just action.2. The intercourse between God and His people is as real as any intercourse is which takes place between any spirits in heaven, or any interchange of thought and of kindness which takes place between men on earth. Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe.VII. Religion is a satisfying good. Now, that is our ideal — a mercy that shall be justice, a justice that shall be mercy. )The inner meaning of the Divine requirementsF. In Christ we know God, and thus we walk homeward together. "Peace on the pathJ. He is not more able by His wisdom, than willing by His indulgence and love, to instruct mankind in the way that is best for him. A. He is equal — as differing from just — who considers all things that are reasonable, and makes allowance accordingly. It gives Him the glory of the doctrine of grace.2. Let us, then, do justice, let us love mercy, as becometh saints. If a man has a practical conviction that God is ever at his side, such a man will be the same in public and in private.2. When remonstrated with on account of the place being dangerous from Arabs, he replied, "The telegrams from England this morning filled me with such elation. All that was poorest and most pagan in Judaism eagerly seized on this element in the sacred books. Sometimes, however, solicitous to recommend the tree by a reference to the excellence of the fruit, they specify works in the outset; and then direct our views to that faith from which every acceptable work is to spring. A readiness to yield all excepting the heart itself.Notice that these three commands are linked together. How much injustice in the world comes about because people will not take the trouble to investigate the case before them. WALK HUMBLY WITH THY GOD. The aim of God, in general, is His own glory; in particular, it is "the praise of His glorious grace." There is a foundation laid for this. (2)National security and prosperity depend upon the use and teaching of the Bible.(C. Two things will follow being under the eye and control of God. He was a man who walked with God! Note the sanctity of these grand demands. We are required to act with the exactest integrity and uprightness towards our fellow creatures in all respects, and towards every one of our fellow creatures. It is an everlasting good; as vast as the necessities and capacities of the human spirit. A modest sense of our own vileness and nothingness; humility being and involv ing a mean esteem of ourselves. You remember how He did so. And the feeling, though it is mixed with much contradiction, is not a false one. Our morality must have some deep underground basis to rest upon. Obedience, arising from any other cause than moral motives, would be the motion of a stone, not the duty of a man, and consequently incapable of being in any sense acceptable to God more than the rising vapour, or the falling dew. And then it would be considered the part of mercy to come in and weigh the extenuating circumstances, and modify the sentence accordingly. The answer is practical.2. He knows how our faltering feet drag along on the heavenly road. If you do, you will be of a teachable spirit.2. "Walk humbly with thy God." Regularly, as to the law prescribed by God or man, not by private opinion.3. The word "Lord" is a word of force and efficacy; it striketh a reverence into us, and remembereth us of our duty and allegiance. All sorts and conditions of men have quoted this text approvingly. And then it would be considered the part of mercy to come in and weigh the extenuating circumstances, and modify the sentence accordingly. Authoritatively, by due order and commission, derived to thee from the lawful supreme power.Do justice as to the inward form, principle, or conscience, for justice sake, not for ambition. The poor are especial objects of God's mercy (Deuteronomy 15:11; Deuteronomy 24:10-13). THE LAST REQUIREMENT IS WALK HUMBLY WITH THY GOD. Seldom does a sinner come to Christ who has not first attempted to work out his own salvation by keeping the law, who has not resolved in his own strength not to sin again, but to walk blameless. He must tell you how He makes you like Him. Ask a dogmatist "What must I do to be saved?" WITH REGARD TO OUR CONDITIONS. The next is to depend simply and entirely on God the Holy Ghost for strength to do just, grace to love mercy, and to walk humbly. Just before charitable and merciful. What was his standard of compassion and charity but the charity of God? But in this way a man gets a good chance to deify his own passions, and think he is doing God service. By His power God created man, and "breathed into him a living soul." There are three classes of persons with whom God can never be agreed. Observe the vaunting questions and presumptuous postulations of a company of formal hypocrites.2. But justice is a merciful thing. It consisteth in the Performance of that obedience, for matter and manner, which God, in His covenant of grace, requires at our hands. Into their law courts, and we find the judge selling his verdict for a bribe. Here we walk with God as worshippers; and if we walk humbly with Him, we shall have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and with godly fear.III. Surely, if we had a vision of God as Moses or Isaiah, we should veil our faces and fall in the dust. Materially, as to the merit of the cause or person.2. What of the conflicts between capital and labour? Right is determined either by the proprietors, or by the magistrate, or by the voluntary agreement of persons that have power and interest. He who walks with God must be considered as living in the full consciousness that the eye of his Maker is ever upon him; that he cannot take a single unobserved step, nor do the least thing which escapes Divine notice. WITH REGARD TO OUR TRIALS. D. Maurice, M. Whatever God has revealed is good. The more a man walks with God, the more he will grow in humility.3. For today I do not propose to consider with you the abstract question as to what justice is, a question first asked in one of the most fascinating books in the world, The Republic of , and often enough asked since. But all have not quoted it with equal fairness to themselves. Make the same allowance for the infirmity and mistakes of others as thou dost desire for thyself.10. The Lord requires, first, that we "do justly"; in other words, that all our conduct be upright and faithful, that we "defraud not any," and that we always "do unto others as we would they should do unto us." God deals with us usually, but we deal thus with one another very rarely. The theology of the Bible, then, explains its morality. We might illustrate from any trial for murder. The original words are, "To humble thyself in walking." Are actions made right because a certain power insists that they shall be performed? --Walking with Jesus we'll "not walk in darkness.". However contracted or enlarged, this is the law of man; and this law is properly eternal and immutable, which is not so of any accidental or accessional appendages to religion. No one can be just or merciful who cannot take his own line; who has not, as we say, "the courage of his opinions."2. Mercy is, no doubt, a beautiful quality. Would society, culture, civilisation, anything that is worth living for, be possible if all men refused to be just? It is good in its origin; it cometh down from the Father of lights; it is good in its nature; it is good in its tendency and in its end. And you ought to comply at once, and fully.(W. (2) That our obedience may be walking with God, it is required that it be a constant progressive motion towards a mark before us. Balgarnie. Walk humbly with God, and you win walk honestly and kindly among your neighbours. To "do justly." What is it to "walk with God"? There are but few cases wherein the summum jus is required. High attainments in piety have been reached by the man to whom such a description applies.II. (Henry Melvill, B. D.)HumilityA question to which the text is an answer. To live in the practice of justice and equity, will remove all suspicion of arbitrariness or self-will, will give a man heart's ease and satisfaction, and will render a man acceptable to. Here we walk with God as our helper and strength; and if we walk humbly, we shall be sensible of our insufficiency for all the purposes of the Divine life. It is impossible that you can justly bless God for the inestimable gift of His dear Son while you refuse to hear Him. He knows what a slow, struggling pace ours is. Upon the ease with which His precepts may be obeyed He founds a claim, surely a most touching and irresistible claim, to obedience. It is a most Christian grace, no less than a most manly virtue, becoming all men, — in the sense of their common infirmities, and mortal condition; in the conscience of their many sins and deserved miseries; in the reflection upon their best actions, full of failings and defects. The "only wise God." TO DO JUSTLY. But if justice means giving to every one his due, clearly mercy is still more due to the criminal than what we called first justice. Look at this text. 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