What does God want? Jesus was having dinner with”sinners”. Religious people asked, why? Matthew 9:13 “But go and learn what this means: I DESIRE MERCY, NOT SACRIFICE.” Again in Matt. 12:7 “If you had known what these words mean, I DESIRE MERCY, NOT SACRIFICE…” (NKJV) Jesus was quoting Hosea 6:6 “I want you to be merciful; I do not want your sacrifices. I want you to KNOW GOD.”(NLT) Mercy=not giving the punishment due but giving compassion instead of hate. Hosea says if we are mercy-filled we can know God more. We can understand His mercy for us. Romans 5:8 ” But God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that WHILE we were sinners, Christ died for us.” Micah 6:8 “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to LOVE MERCY, and to walk humbly with your God.” When we are mercy-filled we better understand God’s mercy toward us. We know God more!
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