Hosea 3:1 Love As God Loves

The LORD said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.” Hosea 3:1

Hosea’s wife had been unfaithful to him and went off to be with other men. God tells him to accept her back and still love her. He takes it even further with telling Hosea to love her in the same way that He loved the Israelites, who had chosen to follow other gods.

Marriage is one area that people will often talk about unfaithfulness. One spouse becomes unsatisfied with the other and goes out seeking where that one can find love from another. As that occurs, anger and revenge usually builds up, the relationship is often destroyed and trust is lost. The spouse that was faithful, usually tell the other one that the marriage is over and will not be loved again.

People in the church are often guilty of this same unfaithfulness to God and to others. Loyal friends stab a friend in the back, striving to look better or raise higher. Hurting gossip is spread, damaging a person’s reputation or life. Turning the back on a friend in need. Telling lies behind a person’s back.

Each of these things and many more can happen, causing great pain and anger. Most people will reject a person who has done this, and refuse to have anything to do with that person. There is no forgiveness or love shown, because of the pain and anger.

Yet, God tells His people to love as He loved. God loved so much that He sent His Son to die for a people who rejected Him and did not want Him. He loved you before you even knew about Him or accepted Him.

God also loved you when you rejected Him. Think of the times when you went against God and followed this world or your own ways. Even then, God still loved you.

In this same way, you must be willing to love those who have hurt you and rejected you. Show God’s eternal perfect love to everyone around you, not just those who are faithful. It is through this love that others can learn of God’s true love. Love as God loves you.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you and others; that you will show God’s love to others; that you will trust God in the pain others put you through; and that you will be His witness to this dying and hurting world.

Proverbs 5:21 Everything In View

For your ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all your paths. Proverbs 5:21

Solomon starts out this chapter telling his son that he must stay as far away from an adulterous woman as possible. Walking down that path would lead to death. In this verse, Solomon reminds him that everything that he does is in God’s sight.

Doing things behind closed doors in secrecy is a common thing to happen. Although some things are acceptable to be done in secret, there are many more things done in secret that are not acceptable to God.

Very few crimes occur during the day. Most criminals try to do their crime during the night, when it is dark and other people cannot see what is happening. They do this so that people cannot see them doing something wrong.

One of the things many people do is look on others for sexual pleasure. In Solomon’s day, the only way to do that was to physically be with the other person. Today, all one has to do is turn on the internet. Behind closed doors or hidden behind the screen of a small phone, people can view the adulterous woman/man in a way no other person knows that it is happening.

In addition to viewing, thoughts can run anywhere anytime. People think that because no one knows it is happening, it is acceptable.

Yet, God is watching. Everything that you do is in full, open view of God. There is nothing hidden that He cannot see or know about. Whether it is viewing or acting with another person in a sexual sin, or some other type of sin, God sees it. There is not a single sin that God does not see.

As God is examining your ways, you must also examine your ways.

What are you doing?

What are you thinking?

What are you viewing?

The world is full of ways to do sin. As a believer, you must turn away and flee all sin and temptation. Do not allow yourself to be lured into the trap of sin and be destroyed. Do not allow yourself to be led astray.

God loves you and wants you to live a full life with Him, not with this world and its sin. Jesus died to remove that sin, don’t go back to it.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to sin in your life; that God will strengthen you to flee all sin; that God will break all sexual sinful habits in your life; and that your love for God will grow more and more.

Genesis 39:9 A Bold Stand Against Sinning

“No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” Genesis 39:9

Joseph had become a slave to Potiphar. While working there as a slave, Potiphar noticed how well he worked and made him in charge of the entire household. At some point, Potiphar’s wife decided she wanted to have sex with Joseph. She thought that because he was a slave she could order him to do whatever she wanted and he would have to obey. Joseph pointed out the favor Potiphar had given him, and then said that asked her how he could do such a thing and sin against God. He refused her request.

Her request was probably made to Joseph when there was no one else around. For her, it would have been a completely legal thing to do. It could have been done quietly and no one would have known about it, at least no one human. God would know, and Joseph knew that, so he refused because he did not want to sin against God.

Throughout your life there will come times when something sinful will present itself in a way that no one else would know about it. This presentation could be with another person alone, or it could be while you are physically alone. It could be to have sex outside of marriage, or do drugs, or lie, or steal, or cheat, or watch pornography, or one of many other sins against God.

Most of these could be done in secret and most people would not know about it. However, both you and God would know. You would become guilty of sinning against God.

Are you willing to do that?

Are you willing to sell your soul for a moment of pleasure and sin against God?

Or are you going to be bold like Joseph and refuse to sin against God?

Take your stand against sin today and refuse. It will be worth it in the end. God will give you His favor and reward you.

I pray today that God will give you strength to resist sinful acts; that you will refuse to sin against God; that God will open your eyes to any temptations that come your way; and that you will live your life for God.

John 8:10-11More Than No Condemnation

“Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you, Jesus declared. Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:10-11

Some leaders of the Law had brought a woman to Jesus who had been found guilty of adultery. They wanted to see if Jesus would have her stoned as according to the Law. Jesus challenged them that anyone without sin could cast the first stone. No one did and they left. He then tells the woman He won’t condemn her either, but she is to leave her life of sin.

People love to point out that Jesus did not condemn her. They love to see the forgiveness that Jesus had. All of this is true and very good, but Jesus did not just stop with not condemning her, He told her to leave the life of sin.

Forgiveness is great but there must be more. There must be a change. The repentance must include a turning away from the sin.

Many people want to be able to continue living in their sin while asking God to forgive them. They will also tell other believers that they must be forgiven because they are sorry for the sin, yet they will not flee the sinful activity.

God is more than willing to forgive you. The reason for the forgiveness is for you to have a chance to change and start over. This gives you the ability to do things correctly, not to go back into the same sin.

Along with your own personal changes, you must be willing to forgive others, then tell them about the need to change. Believers need to tell others that living the life of sin is wrong once you believe in Jesus. Encourage others to turn from the sin and fully follow Him.

Are you turning away from your past sinful lifestyles? Are you encouraging others to turn from their sinful lifestyles? Are you just forgiving? Or are you condemning?

I pray today that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; that you will embrace the new life Jesus has given you; that you will forgive others; that you will encourage others to turn from sin; and that you will love of Jesus loved.

Matthew 5:27-28 Another Type of Adultery

“You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery. But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28

Jesus quotes Exodus 20:14 in telling the people about God’s commandment found in the Law about not committing adultery. Adultery is a married man sleeping with another woman who is not his wife.

The people already knew of this command. Later the leaders would bring a woman to Jesus who was guilty of this. Jesus, however, takes that law a step further. He states that just to even look lustfully at a woman is to commit adultery in the heart.

Looking lustfully is to look at her desiring to be with her in a sexual way. This can go both ways for a man or a woman.

All over the internet and in movies you will see pornography. The world does not see anything wrong with lust. It is something that is in your own heart and mind, and nothing physically happened, so there is no problem.

Although the commands that God gave through Moses looked at outward appearances, God looks at the heart. You are told to love God with all of your heart. Looking lustfully at someone takes a part of your heart and gives it to someone else. It is committing adultery with that person.

You are to turn away from all sin. Right after this verse Jesus goes on to say if a part of your body is causing you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. This shows how sinful lusting is.

Do not allow yourself to be caught up into the web that the world makes showing that sins of thought are acceptable. Keep your mind focused on Jesus.

What do you desire? Are the things you desire the things of God? Or the things of this world? Many believers do not physically commit adultery, but will be guilty of committing adultery in the heart. Do not allow yourself to be guilty of adultery in the heart.

I pray today that you will allow God to guide your heart; that you will keep your eyes and mind focused on God; that you will turn away from sinful desires; that you will not be found guilty of any type of adultery; and that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide you to walk in His path for you.