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Hosea 1:10 - It will be said, 'You are children of the living God.'
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God often asks His followers to do things that seem foreign or uncomfortable. Yet, compared to His command to Hosea, we have nothing to complain about. To show Israel its idolatry, Hosea would have to marry a promiscuous prostitute who would be unfaithful to him. Yet, Hosea would be charged to take her back even after her unfaithfulness. God goes to great lengths to apply His love to our hearts. The same loving commitment that Hosea would employ to bring his unfaithful wife back into his home and bed is the amazing love that God shows to us through the Cross of Christ while we are still sinners.
Lord, help me to be faithful even in un-faith-filled surroundings.
A good summary of the book of Hosea:
God Made us so that we would come to know, love and serve Him as His children. We were Made to Know Him as Father. Being Marred by Sin, we lost relationship with our Father. Being Mended by Christ, we can be re-connected to God the Father through Christ the Son. Even in our worst sinful state, His Amazing Love gives us opportunity to repent and turn to Him so that we can enjoy the benefits of being the children of God!