Read Hosea and ask the Holy Spirit to embed God’s love into your heart. You know the story; God used Hosea to show Israel His love for them. God asked him to marry a prostitute. Can you imagine marrying, loving and treasuring a prostitute who had slept with many, many men? On top of that, Hosea had children with Gomer. Again, she committed adultery and is loved by another man.
But God tells Hosea to love her again, so he brought her back. I could go on, but you know the story. This morning when I was reading about Hosea, the Lord really got my attention and broke my heart with this demonstration of such love, grace, and forgiveness. This is obviously the reason God said in verse 6:6; “For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” I pray this story will find a place in our hearts and always challenge us to “return and dwell beneath His shadow” (14:7). This is the key to falling short and to start living a pure and a victorious life in the Spirit.
One of my highly respected missionaries, Helen Roseveare, MD said at a chapel service at CIU years ago (1985), “Sixteen years ago, I talked about the desperate needs in other parts of the world. Now I tell Christians, wherever they are, that they must “re-fall” in love with Jesus. Christianity in the West today says we must have a bigger church and a bigger car and a better suit. Once Christians fall out of love with that and in love with Jesus, I won’t need to talk missions; they will become missionaries because they love him."
Written by Tim
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