And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
As I read those words this morning against the back drop of the news I was reminded of God’s decrees in Micah 6:8
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God.
He does not ask us to reach out with justice and kindness without His Spirit. His Spirit will also help us as we seek to walk humbly with Him. As He draws us into the stories of the news headlines and the news within our friends and families lives He does so with His Spirit that He has placed within us. And why has He done this? So we can be His hands and feet and heart and eyes in the midst of the pain of a broken world that He loves. So that when we utter or hear the cry ‘Lord have mercy’ we can extend His mercy to those in need, to not seek our so called right of revenege but to extend His love and kindness.