How deep is Your Love?
I am sure we all have been in love at one point and know how amazing it can make someone feels. In platonic relationships we all have had people in our lives we truly love and hold dear and have shared great moments and experiences with.
Even though, when someone we love has betrayed or done something wrong we are usually determined to seek revenge or sever ties but what does the bible say about love and how deep it should be. What does the bible say about forgiveness and Gods Love. Let’s turn over to Hosea 1:2:
“When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, “Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD.”
Do you think there is a meaning for God asking Hosea to marry an adulteress? God uses Hosea relationship with an adulteress to make an example of how God relationship to his people. Even though we all may be God fearing and consider ourselves to be devoted to God we are constantly tempted and bombarded with different distractions in our lives.
God goes on to further demonstrate the deepness of his love with us in Hosea 3: 1 – “The LORD said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”
Here we see GOD tells Hosea to reconcile with his wife. What do you find significant in this verse?
When GOD said Love her like I love the Israelites what does that mean to you?
Here we see God shows how deep is his love for his people by telling Hosea to reconcile with his wife even though she has been adulterous and unfaithful to him. In the same way even though we have been unfaithful to God time and time again God continues to forgive us and constantly seeks to reconcile with us. It is true Hosea must have been angry with her and wanted to even probable even wanted to seek some sort of retribution but he chose to continue to love her just like God has chosen to continue to love us even though we sin against him.
Mercy and Forgiveness
In Matthew 9: 9-13 you see what Jesus feels about mercy and forgiveness:
“As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples,”Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners’?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life…”
In Proverbs 4:23 we see what the Bible said about the heart: “It is wellspring of life.” Everything comes from the heart, Love is an outward expression but God desires for it to come from our hearts, to come from within. The Bible states the love should be a selfless expression, continuous not based on condition. Through the story of Hosea we can see how deep our love should be.
Video Excerpt From Dr. Charles Stanley entitled Love Lessons
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