God Suffers When His People Rebel

“…I will also have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion, And I will say to those who were not my people, “You are my people!”  And they will say, “You are my God””  Hosea 2:23

The book of Hosea brings me to tears.  It shows me God’s amazing heart for His people and how His heart aches and longs for man to come back to Him.  He longs for them to call Him their God.  It can be summarized by this…

God suffers when His people rebel.

God was angry with His people for their constant rebellion, yet He still poured out His heart, giving message after message, warning Israel of His impending judgement.  He didn’t want to really punish them, but He must punish sin since He is completely Holy and must be a fair judge and punish the wicked.  He longed, instead, for them to repent (turn from their sin) so that He could forgive them.

“… I will no longer have compassion on the house of Israel, that I would ever forgive them”  Hosea 1:6

We cannot imagine the intensity of how rebellion feels against God.  For those that have children, it is difficult for us when our children rebel against us, and if it is a continuous, destructive downward pattern, it is more difficult for us.  We may even come to the point where our child is so rebellious and destructive, that we would find relief in the fact that they were no longer living with us… jail would be better for them and us in order that they might consider the consequences of their rebellion.  Our hearts would break watching our child serve time in jail; however, we would also know that it is best for them, as sin is destructive to him as well as those around him, including our own hearts.

“But I will have compassion on the house of Judah and deliver them by the Lord their God, and will not deliver them by bow, sword, battle, horses, or horsemen.”  Hosea 1:7  (Jesus comes from the house of Judah, and by Him, God children will be delivered from sin, not by battle, but by Jesus Christ.)

God has two equal sides to Himself, the side that needs to judge and punish sin, and the side that is compassionate, loving, and forgiving.  God cannot put more weight on one side or the other.  He must punish sin.  He must love His people.  In His infinite mercy, He has chosen to make a way to be forgiven of our sins, so that He can overlook the very things that He needs to punish.

“I will go away and return to My place until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; in their affliction they will earnestly seek me.”  Hosea 5:15

God longs to have a loving relationship with you.  In order to do that, you must come to Jesus Christ in order that your sins would be forgiven.  Jesus is the only way to God.  It is amazing that God has offered a way so that you might be forgiven and restored to Him.

God loves you.  He wants you back.

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