He 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?
This statement forms the basis of the best personal growth and development program upon which anyone could embark--to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God.
Doing what is just and right and honorable is highest anyone can hope for in this life. This means letting go of what is wrong, harmful, unjust, and dishonorable. Much self-examination is required here to detect those parts of us that need to be extracted.
Mercy is the basis of all human life, given that we are flawed, ALL of us. God gave us mercy, not justice. In like manner, it should be our desire to grant mercy to others when they express true sorrow and regret for how they may have harmed us.
Humility in walking with God is perhaps the most difficult part of the program. God's people tend to get haughty and arrogant, touting our moral superiority over others and castigating them on their personal faults. The key to a good life is learning how to walk humbly with God, knowing that we are no better than anyone else in God's eyes.
Song: 'Purify My Heart' by Refiner's Fire.