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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.
The Prophet Hosea had been instructed by God to marry the prostitute Gomer. Gomer was a type of Israel. God, like Hosea, would experience Israel’s constant backslidings in favor of other gods. Hosea would experience the unfaithfulness of his wife, Gomer, with other men. It was an illustration for Israel and “Followers of Jesus” for all time. Even so, here we see the Lord telling Israel … “‘I’ll Take You Back!’ I will restore your righteousness and make it work. I’ll do this with love and sincerity.”
The days of fighting and waging war against the “Enemy of Our Souls” for our faith will never end, however the days of operating with anything less than Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness towards others are over! Whether it’s a parent, a spouse, a son or daughter, or a close friend, our only option is GRACE. I have wronged others to my shame, but have always asked forgiveness through the years. Most all of them have forgiven me, but there were a few who cut me off forever. That hurt me but I believe it hurt them even more. When you forgive and receive people back into your fold who have wronged you, something in you gets healed. The best way is Jesus’ way. He’s always been the first to say … “I’ll Take You Back!”
There is deep gratitude in my heart this AM that You have never rejected me and have always forgiven me. Help me follow Your example to take others back. Amen