Hosea 6:4-6 NLT
“O Israel and Judah, what should I do with you?” asks the LORD. “For your love vanishes like the morning mist and disappears like dew in the sunlight. I sent my prophets to cut you to pieces— to slaughter you with my words, with judgments as inescapable as light. I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.
Reflection . . .
The Lord desires that we show love and know Him more than the things we think are important! For the Isrealites, the whole sacrificial system had become what was important, the religiosity of it all, and they neglected the significance of what it meant for them personally.
Jesus said, “Love each other!” (John 13:35-36), which for so many was a New Command because they weren’t doing it! To show love is at the heart of the Greatest Commandment — if only we show love to one another!
To know the Lord is at the heart of the Gospel! Believing is the first step in coming to faith in Christ. Getting to know the Lord more and more is a relationship process. If we do something for someone only to get something back or because of good works, we don’t have a personal relationship with that person. If we do something for someone because we believing in them, we have an invested interest and the relationship can grow. Believing in the Lord is to have faith in him and with faith comes a desire to know more!
Where is our love directed? Only love has a lasting impact.
In whom do we place our faith? Only in Jesus does faith last forever.