Daily D – Hosea 6:6

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Hosea 6:6 
“For I desire faithful love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” (CSB)

“I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.” (NLT)

“I’m after love that lasts, not more religion.
I want you to know GOD, not go to more prayer meetings.” (The Message)

True devotion is displayed through faithful love and a hunger to know God more deeply. 

Rituals, even those practiced with precision, are no substitute for authentic encounter and observable alignment. 

True devotion is not quantified by the number of religious meetings a person attends. Instead, it is demonstrated through a heart that loves like God, hands that serve like Jesus, and a focus on empowering others like the Holy Spirit.

True devotion shows up in peaceful, quiet lives overflowing with grace and truth, mercy and compassion. 

True devotion never runs out of faithful love. 

True devotion never fails to forgive. 

These are points worth pondering. These are points worth practicing. Listen again to what God says through this verse in different translations and paraphrase:

“I desire faithful love and not sacrifice.”

“I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices.”

“I’m after love that lasts, not more religion.”

I will practice more of God’s faithful love and less religious rituals. 

Our Father, it is easier to go through the motions of religion than to listen for your still, small voice. Deliver me from activity without attunement and behavior without alignment to your loyal love that endures forever. Give me ears to hear what you are saying to me throughout this day. Give me a heart ready to serve as opportunities arise. Give me the words and ways to empower others. Amen. 

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