Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Are you Loved?

Like our physical body, we need to eat to sustain life..
Our spiritual body needs God's word to sustain our spiritual life to eternity
This morning i was reading Daily bread on Hosea 11 and was encouraged by it..
Please read Hosea 11 and was reminded that God is so emotional and He loves us so much ! It hurts God when we betray Him. We betray Him when our heart is pursuing something else and we see other things more important than Him..
and then
read the passage from Daily bread below:
God's Love Story
How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? . . . My heart churns within Me; My sympathy is stirred. —Hosea 11:8

Is there any human feeling more powerful than that of betrayal? Ask a high school girl whose boyfriend has dumped her for a pretty cheerleader. Or tune your radio to a country-western station and listen to the lyrics of infidelity. Or check out the murders reported in the daily newspaper, an amazing number of which trace back to a quarrel with an estranged lover.

In the Old Testament, God through Hosea's marriage demonstrates in living color exactly what it is like to love someone desperately and get nothing in return. Not even God, with all His power, will force a human being to love Him.

Many people think of God as an impersonal force, something akin to the law of gravity. The book of Hosea portrays almost the opposite: a God of passion and fury and tears and love. A God in mourning over Israel's rejection of Him (11:8).

God the lover does not desire to share His bride with anyone else. Yet, amazingly, when Israel turned her back on God, He stuck with her. He was willing to suffer, in hope that someday she would return to Him.

Hosea, and later Jesus, prove that God longs not to punish but to love. In fact, He loved us so much that He sent His Son to die for us!  — Philip Yancey

Love sent


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