Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord;
his appearing is as sure as the dawn;
he will come to us like the showers,
like the spring rains that water the earth.’ Hosea 6:3 (NRSV)
For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God rather than burnt-offerings. Hose 6:6 (NRSV)
I can’t tell you how happy I am to learn that many members of your congregation are diligent in living out the Truth, exactly as commanded by the Father. But permit me a reminder, friends, and this is not a new commandment but simply a repetition of our original and basic charter: that we love each other. Love means following his commandments, and his unifying commandment is that you conduct your lives in love. This is the first thing you heard, and nothing has changed. 2 John 4-6 (The Message)
So here is what is most important: knowing God and loving one another. So simple. In theory.