I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings,” Hosea 6:6
Showing mercy, kindness, and love to others should be the second goal for any mature Christian. (Loving our Lord with all we are is our first goal.) I think Christians, as a whole, create a bad name for ourselves because we oftentimes forget this aspect of God’s desire. We spend time in Bible study, we spend time in worship, we spend time fellowshipping with other Christians, and then we forget to care for our neighbor, whomever they might be.
The verses in this post serve as great reminders for me that God wants me to show love to others, not just study my Bible. He wants me to obey Him, not just apologize when I sin. He wants me to focus on my relationship with Him and others, and not just lay up worship. As I keep these facts in mind and put them into practice, hopefully people will see Christ in me and develop a desire to have the same type of relationship with the Lord of creation.
“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another,” Zechariah 7:9
As an added bonus for today, Jesus quoted Hosea’s verse (at the top) when confronted about eating with sinners.
Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Matthew 9:13