But Samuel replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
"If you love me, you will obey what I command.
The LORD thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty are those who obey his command. The day of the LORD is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?
We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."
For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.
Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.