There are people who consider themselves righteous who completely withdraw from contact with the needy, who want to make their lives as easy as possible. You would think people who have the grace of God themselves would want to be active in helping others obtain it; they should desire to associate with the needy for the purpose of doing them good.
The very purpose of Jesus coming was to seek and save the lost, to get amongst those who needed him the most. When Jesus talked with the lost it was merciful; to help others convert their heart, mind and soul is the greatest act of mercy. It’s the call to change their minds, change their ways, and live a more peaceful life. Jesus came to be a healer, eliminate the sickness in people’s minds and hearts; to give them a new hope and lease on life, to help them live life in the fullness of his glory.
God is not opposed to sacrifices, but he prefers mercy to sacrifice. God delights in showing mercy himself to those in need; or in acts of mercy and compassion by people towards others who are in distress. That is he is more pleased with acts of goodwill and kindness towards others, than with an external compliance with the rules. He would prefer that we concentrate more time and effort on lifting others up in their time of need, for the welfare of their hearts and souls.
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