With what shall I come before the Lord
and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:6-8

I love the poetry of these verses.

I have advocated for and will always espouse purity of tongue in the Church, and a curse is not just a few naughty words. When we tear down our friends and our enemies with derisive and cruel words, those are curses as well. In an older time, we would have said that speaking such harsh words toward another would be “heaping curses on” or just “cursing” them.

What we say matters. Because God first loved us, we can and must love others, and we have to show this in every aspect of our lives. Often times our words are the first impressions that others get of us. Let us be representative of the King in our thoughts, actions, and words.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

Romans 12:14

This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel
after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
No longer will a man teach his neighbor,
or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.
Jeremiah 31:33-34
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner.

This is called “the Jesus Prayer.” It is a very important prayer in the Eastern Orthodox traditions. It is often repeated continually, and/or otherwise said throughout the day. This helps the believer center him or herself on Jesus, and like Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.” It dates back at least 1500 years, that is, to the 5th century. It is explicitly mentioned in the Philokalia, in around 6th-7th century. It was also an important subject in the 19th century Russian book The Way of a Pilgrim

There are different variants of the prayer, both lengthening it (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, the sinner), and shortening it (Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me).

I like this prayer. It’s simple. I think that it’s both powerful and immensely humbling. It is a reminder of our own weakness and of God’s strength. It is a reminder of our depravity and of God’s purity. So we pray, Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us sinners.