Zechariah 7:9-10 – Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother: And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.
What practical expressions of holiness! These are God’s requirements to express our new life in Jesus Christ.
1) Be honest. To “execute true judgment” is simply to deal honestly with all people. The New Testament statement is given in Romans 12:17: “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.”
That is a practical requirement we can all live by! Be honest!!
2) Be merciful. “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man”(Pr3:3-4).
Mercy and compassion involve actions and attitudes. A merciful person not only feels love. He also acts responsibly and faithfully. A compassionate person not only cares for others in his heart. He also helps them.
Thoughts and words are not enough! Our lives reveal whether we are truly merciful and compassionate.
People have tried all kinds of ways to please God. But God has made His wishes clear: God wants His people to be merciful and compassionate.
3) Be benevolent. God has a special sympathy toward those in need. He exercises a special watch-care over widows and children.
The good thing God commands us to do is stated in Isaiah 1:17: “Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.”
Those who need help find special assistance in God. And they ought to also find it in the people of God!
4) Be pure. Remember the words of James: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world”(Jm1:27).
To be “unspotted from the world” means to be unstained, to be uncontaminated. Be pure!
It literally means to be free from the smut of the present evil world. This is the lifestyle expected of a Christian!
All of this is possible if we will faithfully obey the principles given in God’s Word.