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New Life Daily Devotion - Mar. 13, 2010

  • 2010 Mar 13

Unending Love
Hosea 11:8-11

We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

We may be sorely aware of the deep shame, trouble, and pain inflicted on our families because someone (ourselves or someone we love) is acting out his addictions. We may be afraid of admitting the exact nature of our wrongs, because we don't understand how God could love someone who is so bad.

Hosea was a prophet to the rebellious nation of Israel. God used his life to demonstrate God's unconditional love for us. The Lord told Hosea to marry a prostitute. He married her, loved her, and devoted himself to her. She relapsed into her old ways, broke Hosea's heart, and brought shame on their family. She ended up falling into slavery. God then baffled Hosea by telling him, "Go and love your wife again, even though she commits adultery with another lover. This will illustrate that the LORD still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods" (Hosea 3:1).

We may be asking, How could God (or anyone) still love me? But God asks, "Oh, how can I give you up? . . . How can I let you go? How can I destroy you? . . . My heart is torn within me, and my compassion overflows. . . . For 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). There is absolutely nothing we can do or admit that would cause God to stop loving us! (See Romans 8:38-39.)

God is committed to us and our recovery even when we want to quit and run away.