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Do Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly with God

By Elder Dale G. Renlund Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, October 2020 General Conference

[God] hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Micah 6:8

Same counsel given by Alma

Therefore, my son, see that you are merciful unto your brethren; deal justly, judge righteousely, and do good continually; and if ye do all these things then shall ye receive your reward; yea, ye shall have mercy restored unto you again; ye shall have justice restored unto you again; ye shall have a righteouse judgement restored unto you again; and ye shall have good rewarded unto you again.

Alma 41:14

Turning our hearts to God and qualifying for salvation contains three interconnected elements. To do justly means acting honorably with God and with other people. We act honerably with God by walking humbly with Him. We act honorably with others by loving mercy. To do justly is therefore a practical application of the first and second great commandments, to

love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind…[and to] love thy neighbour as thyself.

Matthew 22:35-40

When we receive and use the gift of the Holy Ghost after baptism, we can enjoy the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost and be taught all things that we should do, including how to walk humbly with God.

For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do

2 Nephi 32:5

Do Justly

To love mercy as God does is insparably connected to dealing justly with others and not mistreating them. In Micah’s words to Jehovah:

Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity,…will have compassion upon us…[and will] cast all…sins into the depths of the sea

Micah 7:18-19

Dr. Jones needed to be reminded to do justly, to love mercy, and to care for Mr. Jackson without being judgmental. Dr. Jones, you became a physician to care for people and work to heal them. You didn’t become a physician to judge them. If you don’t understand the difference, you have no right to train at this institution.

Loving mercy means that we do not just love the mercy God extends to us; we delight that God extends the same mercy to others. And we follow His example. “All are alike unto God,” (2 Nephi 26:33) and we all need spiritual treatment to be helped and healed. The Lord has said, “Ye shall not esteem one flesh above another, or one man shall not think himself above another.” (2 Nephi 26:33)

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