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10 blessings of Repentance


Word sometimes cannot adequately convey or describe the love of God. Scripture calls it everlasting, the greatest of all, perfect love,  greater love, abounding love, enduring love, covenant love, etc. The song writer says,  “O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure the saints’ and angels’ song.”

The prophet Hosea managed to unveil it even in the midst of a sinful time in the nation of Israel. Come to think about it – that’s exactly where His love shines the brightest.

The Description of sin:

The prophet Hosea describes the unfaithfulness of Israel in a very creative and telling way. Israel is like:

A promiscuous wife

An indifferent mother

An illegitimate child

An ungrateful son

A stubborn heifer

A silly dove

A luxuriant vine

And grapes in the wilderness

Amidst this horrible ordeal of Israel’s sin – Hosea makes it clear that no sinful act in the world can exhaust the redeeming love of God. His love simply goes beyond reason.

  • We deserved judgment – yet He gives mercy
  • We deserve punishment – yet He forgives
  • We deserve to die – yet He heals and gives life

Hosea 14
Hosea 14 is an expression of God’s deepest desire and longing for a sinful and broken world. His love compels Him in the deepest way possible to reach out to heal and deliver.

Take a look at the following verses:

1. To heal

“I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them.” Hosea 14:4

2. To love

“I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them.”

3. To forgive

“I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them.”

4. To refresh

“I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon…” Hosea 14:5

5. To grow

“I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon…” Hosea 14:5

6. To establish

“I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon…” Hosea 14:5

7. To increase their sphere of influence

“His shoots shall spread out; his beauty shall be like the olive, and his fragrance like Lebanon. ” Hosea 14:6

8. To make productive

“They shall return and dwell beneath my shadow; they shall flourish like the grain; they shall blossom like the vine; their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.” Hosea 14:7

9. To make them an aroma of worship

“His shoots shall spread out; his beauty shall be like the olive, and his fragrance like Lebanon. Hosea 14:6

10. To restore life and strength

“It is I who answer and look after you. I am like an evergreen cypress; from me comes your fruit.”

Conclusion:

Every day of our lives the enemy of our soul works hard – using every opportunity he gets to sever our connectedness to the amazing love of God.  Whatever you do – don’t allow him to even come near. Keep yourself wrapped tightly in the Love of God” because His love is unrelenting – even when we feel unworthy of it. Allow that love to pull you back to his heart today – waste no time! He is still in love with you.

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