This verse reached out and touched me this morning.

But I am full of the courage that the Lord’s Spirit gives,
and have a strong commitment to justice.
This enables me to confront Jacob with its rebellion,
and Israel with its sin.
Micah 3.8 NET.

I — In contrast with the false prophets who mislead the people, v. 5.

full — more than completely equipped.

Courage — what’s needed to do the difficult task, against all odds.

that the Lord’s spirit gives — the source is God, without whom the task would be overwhelming.

strong commitment to justice — a keen sense of what is right, which also comes from the Lord, in contrast with the leaders who “hate what is good, and love what is evil” v. 2.

to confront — what no one else will do, by speaking or stating in clear terms, in hopes of repentance on the part of the people.

This verse also applies to me as a follower of Christ, whose task is to proclaim repentance to all and forgiveness of every sin.

Repent for LifeEvangelicals tout faith only. We speak often and much, necessarily, of baptism. Nobody pays much mind to repentance.

When the others heard this, they stopped objecting and began praising God. They said, “We can see that God has also given the Gentiles the privilege of repenting of their sins and receiving eternal life.”
Acts 11.18 NLT Continue reading