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July 28th, 2015

The Goal of Repentance

“I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them. I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon; his shoots shall spread out; his beauty shall be like the olive, and his fragrance like Lebanon.” Hosea 14:4-6 (ESV)

The goal of repentance is always restoration. The Lord promises His people when they return to Him and repent of their idolatry and transgressions, He will forgive them and bless them. Both elements of restoration are important here. Forgiveness is important in that it communicates the healing of a fractured relationship, in this case between the people of God and God Himself. The Lord, though, doesn’t stop there. Not only does He forgive Israel; He blesses them. They will flourish and blossom as the Lord will once again shower blessings upon them.

Consider for a moment the significance of this duality within restoration. The Lord could have simply forgiven them and let them dig themselves out of their self-imposed hole. Yet, He goes above and beyond. He forgives completely, as should we.

When we have been wronged by those around us, how do we respond? Often we may speak forgiveness but fail to work toward full restoration with the other person.

When someone wrongs you, do you seek to bless them after they repent? Are you able to move forward in grace and love as the Lord has done for us time and again?

May we seek to act toward one another as the Lord has acted toward us. Once someone has asked for our forgiveness, let us not try to make them feel the pain we have felt. Rather, let us move forward in grace and seek to bless them as fellow brothers and sisters in covenant with Christ. The Lord has acted graciously toward us; may we act graciously toward each other.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Pastor of Mobilization & Young Adults (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Hosea, Repentance, Restoration.
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July 27th, 2015

An Unusual Call

“When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the LORD.” So he went and took Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.” Hosea 1:2-3 (ESV)

Can you imagine Hosea’s response to the Lord when He spoke this command? “Excuse me, Lord? What did you say? Can you repeat that?” What man of God would ever be called to marry a prostitute, much less one that is promised to be unfaithful even after marriage?

I am not married yet, but I can only imagine having this conversation with my mom. “Mom, the Lord told me to marry a prostitute named “Gomer.” I have come to get your blessing.” My mom, undoubtedly, would not be thrilled with this prospect regardless of how ready she was for me to be married.

What’s the big deal here? Besides the girl’s name being Gomer, she is impure and seemingly unworthy of someone like Hosea’s affection, and, yet, that is precisely God’s point. You see, you and I are unfaithful to the Lord every day, as we choose to give our worship to other things He created instead of Him. We violate our covenant with Him and are worthy of being rejected. But, see how the Lord responds. Does He reject us? No! He pursues us. He comes after us in our unfaithfulness and buys us back, as Hosea did for Gomer. He is faithful even when we are not.

We should be overwhelmed by the ridiculousness of the love God has for us! Yes, the Lord may call us to do some crazy things, as He did Hosea, but remember that nothing He could call us to is more absurd than His intimate, persistent love for us.

Be overwhelmed by the love of God for you today. Think specifically of God’s love for you displayed on the cross of Christ. Truly, He forsook everything to pursue you!

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Pastor of Mobilization & Young Adults (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Hosea, Love, Pursuit.
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July 28th, 2012

The Goal of Repentance

“I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them. I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon; his shoots shall spread out; his beauty shall be like the olive, and his fragrance like Lebanon.” Hosea 14:4-6 (ESV)

The goal of repentance is always restoration. The Lord promises His people when they return to Him and repent of their idolatry and transgressions, He will forgive them and bless them. Both elements of restoration are important here. Forgiveness is important in that it communicates the healing of a fractured relationship, in this case between the people of God and God Himself. The Lord, though, doesn’t stop there. Not only does He forgive Israel; He blesses them. They will flourish and blossom as the Lord will once again shower blessings upon them.

Consider for a moment the significance of this duality within restoration. The Lord could have simply forgiven them and let them dig themselves out of their self-imposed hole. Yet, He goes above and beyond. He forgives completely, as should we.

When we have been wronged by those around us, how do we respond? Often we may speak forgiveness but fail to work toward full restoration with the other person.

When someone wrongs you, do you seek to bless them after they repent? Are you able to move forward in grace and love as the Lord has done for us time and again?

May we seek to act toward one another as the Lord has acted toward us. Once someone has asked for our forgiveness, let us not try to make them feel the pain we have felt. Rather, let us move forward in grace and seek to bless them as fellow brothers and sisters in covenant with Christ. The Lord has acted graciously toward us; may we act graciously toward each other.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 202:  Hosea 8-14)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Hosea, Repentance, Restoration.
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July 27th, 2012

An Unusual Call

“When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the LORD.” So he went and took Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.” Hosea 1:2-3 (ESV)

Can you imagine Hosea’s response to the Lord when He spoke this command? “Excuse me, Lord? What did you say? Can you repeat that?” What man of God would ever be called to marry a prostitute, much less one that is promised to be unfaithful even after marriage?

I am not married yet, but I can only imagine having this conversation with my mom. “Mom, the Lord told me to marry a prostitute named “Gomer.” I have come to get your blessing.” My mom, undoubtedly, would not be thrilled with this prospect regardless of how ready she was for me to be married.

What’s the big deal here? Besides the girl’s name being Gomer, she is impure and seemingly unworthy of someone like Hosea’s affection, and, yet, that is precisely God’s point. You see, you and I are unfaithful to the Lord every day, as we choose to give our worship to other things He created instead of Him. We violate our covenant with Him and are worthy of being rejected. But, see how the Lord responds. Does He reject us? No! He pursues us. He comes after us in our unfaithfulness and buys us back, as Hosea did for Gomer. He is faithful even when we are not.

We should be overwhelmed by the ridiculousness of the love God has for us! Yes, the Lord may call us to do some crazy things, as He did Hosea, but remember that nothing He could call us to is more absurd than His intimate, persistent love for us.

Be overwhelmed by the love of God for you today. Think specifically of God’s love for you displayed on the cross of Christ. Truly, He forsook everything to pursue you!

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 201: Hosea 1-7)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, July 27th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Hosea, Love, Pursuit.
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