The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Do you remember the story of Hosea and Gomer? (Not Gomer Pyle, Shazam!) Gomer was a prostitute that Hosea chose to marry according to God’s instructions. She continually left his side to chase after other men. This was God’s way of showing Israel how hurt He was by their continual idolatry. How would you feel in His position? He felt the anger of a jealous husband, an acute betrayal. Punishment and retribution for Gomer and for Israel were unavoidable, but God told Hosea to take her back into his home and care for her again. You’ll have to read the whole book of Hosea to understand all the nuances of this love story but a love story it is (Hosea 2:16-20)!
That same story is told once again involving you and me as individual Christians and even as a church. Sometimes we become wayward. God is angry about our sinfulness and our tendency to turn to the gods of this world for love, but He is steadfast in His love for us. He made a covenant and He will not give up on His wayward bride no matter what she does. Friends, don’t give up on each other. Show the steadfast love that never ceases. We do know what it looks like, because we saw it up close and personal when we accepted it from Jesus in our watery grave of submission (Romans 6:1-4).
I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. (Hosea 14:4)