What's Your Favorite Bible Verse?2
I have been asked – and I am sure you have been asked, too – “Do you have a favorite Bible verse?” Is that an easy question for you? It is not easy for me because there are so many very special verses. There are 31,102 verses in the Bible and I have read them all. Many of them are “favorites” for various reasons and are special to me. Some of them I’ve memorized and turn to for comfort at difficult times. But, which one gets my “top spot”?
Off the top of my head, some of my favorites, in no particular order, are:
- Old Testament verses: Genesis 18:14, Isaiah 40:31, Isaiah 26:3, Psalm 46:1, Proverbs 3:5-6
- Gospel verses: Matthew 5:6 (my Confirmation verse), Matthew 22:37-39, John 14:1-6, John 13:35 and, of course, John 3:16
- New Testament verses: Ephesians 2:8-9, Ephesians 4:32, Philippians 4:13, 1 Peter 5:7, and 1 Corinthians 13
- Plus, there are a bunch from the 4th chapter of 1 John: 1 John 4:7-8, 1 John 4:11-12, 1 John 4:19
However, the verse that became extra special to me in recent years is 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?”
Many years ago, that verse from Micah was a theme verse for a hunger program my church was participating in during the month of November. I remember learning the verse then and it became a favorite.
Several years ago, someone pointed out to me that the chapter and verse numbers (6:8) were my birthday. I was born in June (the 6th month), on the 8th day. I thought, “How cool is that?” No wonder I love that verse. It is sort of *my* verse!
However, I love the verse for more reasons than just that.
I think the message of Micah is still pertinent today. Religious rituals, no matter how elaborate, can never compensate for a lack of love (1 Corinthians 13:3).
This scripture says to “do justice” or do things with a sense of right or wrong. “Love kindness” or embrace loving-kindness in our heart. (Ephesians 4:32) Here it is not just that we are to be kind but we are to love kindness. And “walk humbly”, that is recognize that there is little we can do for God except try to abide by his wishes including upholding justice and mercy in a humble way.
I am sure that, some day in the future, another verse will become my favorite but this verse from Micah has my top spot right now. You are welcome to share your favorite, too!