I have been thinking about this phrase from Jesus lately, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.”
Here are some of the differences.
1. Mercy is the receiving of an undeserved gift. Sacrifice comes from the disposition of being the Author of the gift.
2. Mercy lives out of gratitude. Sacrifice tries to earn a response of gratitude from another.
3. Mercy lives in grace. Sacrifice is rooted in legalism.
Do you have any other differences that you see between mercy and sacrifice?