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Hosea 1-3:5 & 1 John 5:1-21

Today, in both these books, at least in today’s readings I see the same theme: Love. Not love in a general sense, or in a touchy feely warm fuzzes kind of love but in a true understanding of what “Love” is and it’s application.

Hos 3:1 And the Lord said to me, Give your love again to a woman who has a lover and is false to her husband, even as the Lord has love for the children of Israel, though they are turned to other gods and are lovers of grape-cakes.

This verse confirms for me that love, The God kind of Love, is an act of the will and not a response of the emotions. This is not the I love you because … kind of thing.

In the 1 John reading beginning with verse two of chapter five, we read,

1Jo 5:1-3 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born from God, and everyone who loves the parent also loves the child. (2) This is how we know that we love God's children: we love God and keep his commandments. (3) For this is the love of God: that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not difficult,

Here again love is an act of the will and is also verb. Love is doing the will of the Father. Jesus said the same thing in the Gospel of John,

Joh 14:15 "If you love me, keep my commandments.

Love is willing yourself to do the commands of God. Love is a choice and not an emotional response.

I have pondered this thing called love, at least the God kind of Love for a long time and I’ve come to the conclusion that we try to take our understanding on love and superimpose it on the Word of God and His Christ. No, we need to find out what God’s way of “loving” is and take it upon ourselves to follow after Him and not try to force our understanding upon God. Love is an action word, it is a verb.

Could it be that we first do Love, then the emotions will follow?

Grace and peace,

This question probably comes up a lot - I've noticed in John the recurrent idea that those who are children of God will not sin. I have a hard time getting my mind around this. I pray for forgiveness of my sins, but because I know as hard as I try, I will likely commit the same sins over and over and so I remain plagued by guilt. I know God loves me, and I certainly don't want to sin. I want to be a child of God... I have a hard time reconciling the notion that we are forgiven and yet we will not sin of we are God's children. This seems like it's getting into predestination.

I think there's a cohesive question in there, I know that was a bit rambling, but maybe someone can help.

I love this post! The song.. is great. Thank you THANK YOU!!!
" Therefore I will block her path with thorn bushes;
I will wall her in so she cannot find her way.
She will chase after her lovers but not catch them;
she will look for them but not find them.
Hosea 2:6-7" --> This scripture has been following me for a couple days.
It started a couple days ago with this daily read that comes to my inbox:

Hemmed In

Why did God curse Eve with loneliness and heartache, an emptiness that nothing would be able to fill? Wasn't her life going to be hard enough out there in the world, banished from the Garden that was her true home, her only home, never able to return? It seems unkind. Cruel, even.

He did it to save her. For as we all know personally, something in Eve's heart shifted at the fall. Something sent its roots down deep into her soul - and ours - that mistrust of God's heart, that resolution to find life on our own terms. So God has to thwart her. In love, he has to block her attempts until, wounded and aching; she turns to him and him alone for her rescue.

Therefore I will block her path with thorn bushes;
I will wall her in so she cannot find her way.
She will chase after her lovers but not catch them;
she will look for them but not find them.
Hosea 2:6-7

Jesus has to thwart us too - thwart our self-redemptive plans, our controlling and our hiding, thwart the ways we are seeking to fill the ache within us. Otherwise, we would never fully turn to him for our rescue. Oh, we might turn to him for our "salvation," for a ticket to heaven when we die. We might turn to him even in the form of Christian service, regular church attendance, a moral life. But inside, our heart remains broken and captive and far from the One who can help us.

And so you will see the gentle, firm hand of God in a woman's life hemming her in. Wherever it is we have sought life apart from him, he disrupts our plans, our "way of life" which is not life at all.

(Captivating, 96-97)

I can't tell you what this means to me.. it's just between me and the Lord. Just know.. it's been a work in progress for about 20 years..

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