Sacrifice and offering you do not want; but ears open to obedience you gave me.
The prophet Hosea made a similar statement as this psalm: “For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice” (Hosea 6:6). Jesus said, “Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice'” (Matthew 9:13). The “sacrifice” God seems to want is for each of us to let go of our selfish, egocentric desires so that we can offer ourselves in extending mercy and love to others. It’s not about making a sacrifice to earn God’s love or favor. God loved you before you were born…before you knew any rules to follow. Rules are essential for children to function. But once you grow into the knowledge and understanding of God’s amazing love…the rules, although still good, are no longer the focus. Some people are still stuck in a childhood religion of desperately following a list of guidelines…always fearing they will mess-up and God will somehow get angry at them. Jesus shows us a God who would allow Himself to be crucified and while dying say to His unrepentant killers, “Forgive them, they know not what they do.” This is an unconditional lover. Get to know that Lover. Now…what is God asking you to do to make the world a more compassionate, forgiving, just and loving place?
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