but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?”
This is one of my favorite verses. It's a small verse, but it has huge applications. It lists three practical characteristics that God expects to be at the core of all of His followers.
“To do justice”
To be fair and moral in all of our dealings. To seek out the most honest path in every circumstance. The implied negative being to never participate in corruption or deceit.
“To Love Kindness”
To not only do kindness, but to enjoy doing it. To be defined by it. To possess the loving attitude of a giver. Never indifferent to the needs of others. Not selfish, or given to anger, or rude, or without mercy. To be thoughtful of those around us, and to look for opportunities to do good for the sake of doing good. (I think a great example of this would be the Samaritan Jesus spoke of in Luke 10:25-37.)
“To walk humbly with your God”
To leave sin behind and follow God. To walk in his steps instead of choosing our own path. To make His ways our ways. Not dragged reluctantly, constantly looking back, but walking with him freely and with an attitude of humility; of reverence. Thankful for the direction He gives us. Knowing that without it, we would be lost.