Monday, March 22, 2010

Encouragement: Unending Love

We may hesitate to honestly confess our sins and shortcomings out of fear. At one time or another, we may have tried to share our secrets with someone, only to find ourselves rejected because of what we said. Even though people may have let us down, God is not like that. Because of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, there is nothing we could confess to God that would cause Him to stop loving and accepting us.

Hosea was a prophet to the rebellious nation of Israel. God used Hosea's life to demonstrate His unconditional love for us. The Lord told Hosea to marry a prostitute. So Hosea married her, loved her, and devoted himself to her. Not surprisingly, she went back to her old ways, broke Hosea's heart, and brought shame on their family. She ended up falling into slavery. But God baffled Hosea by telling him, "Go and get your wife again. Bring her back to you and love her, even though she loves adultery. For the Lord still loves Israel even though the people have turned to other gods" (Hosea 3:1).

This illustrates God's love for us as well. We may ask, how could God (or anyone) still love me? But God asks, "How can I let you go? How can I destroy you like Admah and Zebolim? My heart is torn within me, and My compassion overflows.... I am God and not a mere mortal. I am the Holy One living among you, and I will not come to destroy" (Hosea 11:8-9).

Like Hosea's unfaithful wife, we may have committed sins that seem unforgivable. Yet these verses give us hope. There is absolutely nothing we can do or admit that would cause God to stop loving us. Knowing this, we should be encouraged to confess our sins to God, who offers us forgiveness and restoration.

" And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels can't, and the demons can't. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in call creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38, 39.

Be Encouraged

A.Othniel
(www.aothniel.net)

Letter # 11 (21. 3. 2010)