I Desire Mercy, Not Sacrifice

Posted by Steve Nyhof on 6 June 2011 | Add a Comment

At that time, Steve in his self-righteousness came to Jesus and asked, "I have done many good things trying to help sinners see their wicked ways, will I be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

He called for Alicyn, my daughter, and had her stand before us. Then Jesus smiling at her, looked at me and said: "I tell you the truth Steve, unless you change in your heart and become like Alicyn, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." I could sense the pain in His face when He told me this, but it was how He said it that drew my attention.

Then I could see His face soften and with a smile in His eyes said, "However, if you humble yourself like Alicyn (looking at her and Alicyn looking back and smiling), you will also be among the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Turning back to me and looking me square in the eyes He said, "Likewise, when you welcome a little child like Alicyn into your home, take note that Aliycn is holding My hand - I come with her, and she with Me, and therefore you welcome Me."

Then I seen a look on His face I will never forget, because it was filled with concern and deep love. "Steve, if you cause Alicyn who believes in Me to sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone hung around your neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."

Then He spoke in general terms and said, "Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin, to walk away from Me! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!" This horrified me, covering my face with my hands I wept as I thought about all the times I had crushed my wife and children when pointing out sin in their lives, failing to see my own sin. I thought I was helping, but instead I was tearing them away from the precious hands of Jesus. I can see that now.

Matthew 18:1-7

Then Jesus asked me to sit down with Him under a shade tree to get out of the afternoon sun. I knew He was lovnig me in my heart, wanted me to further understand His heart, why He came to earth, and what love really is.

He said, "A long time ago while on the earth embodied in human form, I quoted the words of the prophet Hosea, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice'. Even though you heard these words with your human ears for years, only today did you understand them with your heart. The scriptures have been preserved so that you could have a bases to test what you know in your heart about Me and My Father. Your heart is beginning to know mercy, and you are letting go of your sacrifies.

You know Steve that I did not come to earth to call the righteous, but sinners. The sick need healing, not more of what caused the sickness in the first place. All I ever wanted was to have a relationship with my people. This is of My heart. When Adam and Eve turned their focus away from Me, sin entered the world. Sin by definition is the absence of Love, the absence of God. And where there is an absence of love, there will be a need to control by way of rules. This control would take the form of people devising ideas in which to 'help' others walk a path that 'seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death'.

Most were well meaning in their efforts, but blinded by their own sin and unhealthy ways, found themselves pointing out the sins in others - as though they were standing with Me. Doctrines were conceived, different religions were formed and the whole thing took on the form of man in his sin as you know it today. All this does is cause people to hide their hearts because they don't want to expose the sickness, their sin behind a facade - a lie! Through all forms of justification and rationalisation between everyone's different points of view; making sure they go to church, you should do this and that, well, what you have today is an abomination to Me."

With that we both reached for the ice tea that somehow appeared on a blanket between us. Jesus peered over His glass at me with a look that said He knew what I was thinking about, I smiled with my eyes in acknowledgement and we both laughed. After we put our glasses down, we both laid back in the grass starring up through the tree at the sky above. Then He continued.

"Steve, do you remember in the book of Matthew where I talked about who would give their son a snake if he asked for a fish?"  Yes, I replied. "Well, right after that I said that my Father would be even more willing to give good gifts to those who ask, but then I said, 'So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.' Steve, everyone on earth from the day they were born wants to be and feel loved.

Somewhere along life's pathway, people get hurt by others - and the very opposite happens and their first thought is to control the situation by retaliating and seeking revenge. This is not of Me, but of fear. Because this is part of the sin nature that came into the world, people created rules to control this absence of love. They created it from their fears.

My statement, do to others as you would have them do to you, is in the order that this must be carried out. Do to others is an action of ones self. Most people look to others to love them, yet the opposite must happen first. First we must do to others, first we must love others, first you must want to change yourself, first you must love your God with all your heart. When you draw near to Me, I draw near to you, and then to others through you.


You are learning, that to remain in My Presence is causing you to love others without really trying, even when that love isn't returned. That's pretty cool don't you think?" Rolling His head to look at me with a smile." Adam and Eve loved each other without even trying because their focus was on My Father. Loving others come naturally when you focus your attention and love on Me. The Holy Spirit who lives within you, teaches you about Us in what you are calling the 'knowing' of your heart."

Looking up again, He continued. "It is in the place of your heart, the 'knowing' that makes up fellowship and companionship. But I have also equipped your human body to connect with this 'knowing' place we also call the heart, through your emotions, your senses and in conjunction with the use of your brain. I created you to enjoy life in the body while on the earth. But over time, I am working in the 'knowing' of your heart to renew your mind, which in turn will renew your brain so that you are better equipped to recognize when feelings and emotions are triggered, so that you are ready to do to others what you would like them to do to you. Everything the law and the prophets talked about is summed up in loving others by loving Me. It wasn't in the words as much as it was in telling about that 'knowing' place in your heart that I and My Father seek to dwell in.

As you continue to show and confess your weaknesses, and telling your story of fear, pain and loneliness, and how I reached in to touch your 'knowing' heart with My Light, you will find that there are many more just like you who are finding the narrow gate, who are tired of working so hard to 'look' good, or 'help' show others their sin; but instead, relax in My Presence so I can love them through you, this you are finding is automatic."

With that Jesus got up and pulled me to my feet, put His arm around my shoulder and pointed to the beautiful sunset that had crept up on us that day. From there all I could think about is what we were going to talk about tomorrow!



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