This is my second post answering the question, “What exactly does God want from me anyways?”
“…the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
The Hebrew word is hesed, frequently rendered “loyalty,” “kindness,” or “mercy.”
Fundamentally it describes the persistent love of God that will not let you go.
Hesed is rooted in God’s mercy, for it is completely undeserved and cannot be earned.
In relationships, hesed is demonstrated as mutual loyalty (God toward you; you toward God; and you toward others).
I like Daniel Fuller’s description: “Hesed represented an action far beyond what one would be obligated or expected to do, thus conveying the idea of performing a benefit that is merciful and wonderful beyond all that is customary or even imaginable.”*
There is no question about how God feels about you. In His mercy, He shows you undeserved love and kindness–far beyond anything you deserve.
The bigger question is, “How do you feel about God?”
Do you go above-and-beyond in your relationship with God? Or do you do only what is necessary to avoid eternal damnation?
What is your attitude toward your spouse, children and/or friends? Are you merciful toward their shortcomings and loyal to them even when they’ve wronged you?
What exactly does God want from you?
#2 — He wants you to love mercy.