OVERVIEW: Hosea buys back his wife from the slave market.
BIG IDEA: God has done everything possible to show us he loves us.
KEY VERSE: Hosea 3:1 (God to Hosea)
Then the Lord said to me, “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 and love to worship them.”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
If you leave me once, I will pursue you. I will never leave you. If you leave me a second time, I will pursue you. I will never forsake you. If you leave me a third time, I will pursue you. I will never withdraw my love. No matter how many times you turn from me, I am committed to you and always receive you if you turn back. I have purchased you at a price. I love you and value you.
As a good shepherd or a loving parent disciplines those they care for, I will do the same. When you return, I will wean you off of anyone or anything you turned to for comfort. I will teach you to trust me and to seek me for guidance, strength, and your daily needs. I will help you see the value of following me and show you how my way not only protects you but equips you. I am training you to make disciples so that you can serve anyone, regardless of their past.
Ask God to search your heart and to reveal anything that prevents or limits your ability to love and serve God. Share any response with a friend and have him or her hold you accountable to take the necessary next steps.