I love the beautiful and perfect example of love we get in chapter 3. It’s shows us how God loves us and how he wants us to love other people.
Love is unconditional. ”…The Lord still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them.” 3:1b
Loving people is going to cost you. “So I bought her back for fifteen pieces of silver and five bushels of barley and a measure of wine.” Just like how Jesus paid for sins he didn’t commit, unconditional and godly love means paying a price you don’t owe. Hosea had to buy back his own wife, who obviously didn’t want to come back home with him.
Love invites people in and makes a space for them. ”…you must live in my house for many days and stop your prostitution.” 3:3 Hosea opens his heart and home completely to this woman God has given him, who is a total mess. We are often in relationship with people who have past or present pain and sin in their lives. We are taking on their sin, bearing their burdens and getting our hands dirty.
How easily do we give up on people who aren’t lovable or who don’t treat us well?
How often do I demand to be loved first?
What sort of “Gomer” situation has God put in our lives? Who do we need to relentlessly love, pursue and put first?