Wednesday, August 26, 2009

What God Desires

"For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings."

Mercy and acknowledgement. That's what God wants. Show mercy to one another instead of looking out for ourselves all the time, we should put others first. Acknowledge that God exists and then act accordingly instead of acting as if we are the only ones that matter in the world.

Acknowledge God and show mercy to people. This is strangely (perfectly) similar to Jesus' statement of the greatest commandment(s) to Love God and to Love People. God is the same, he doesn't change. His desires don't change. He wants us to love him and act like it. He wants us to act like we love people and then do it.

Still, when we do turn to him we offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. We think we need to make grand gestures to make up for our shortcomings, to pay for what we've done wrong. We don't get the fact that God already did that. He paid for those sins, he leveled the playing field. We just accept and love. So simple to say, so hard to live.

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