To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable…
The story of Hosea and Gomer is one of the greatest love stories in the Bible. Hosea, a prophet of God received a command from God to go marry a woman of easy virtue. Hosea knew this but being the obedient and loyal prophet that he was, went ahead to take Gomer as his wife. The marriage happened, They were happy at first. Then She became restless and unhappy. The loss of the rush that she was used to in her previous life got to her. Living with Hosea seem to bore her. Actually, This was expected as they had little in common. Hosea was a prophet who went about preaching and encouraging people to Repent and turn to the Lord. She, on the other hand, lived a life fuelled by false attention and appraisal.
Therefore it didn’t come as a shock when she packed up and left. Even after birthing three children. One would think that she would settle in the comfort and security she had in her marriage to Hosea but no… Dear Gomer had other plans. She strayed away, right into the arms of another man. Soon enough, her lover deserted her, and it dawned on her that life was not greener on the side. Who would have thought! And out of frustration, sold herself into slavery.
Now, here is the beautiful part of this love story, Hosea didn’t give up on her. He went after her, found her, bought her off an action sale and brought her back into his life and his home. He had the right to turn her into a slave given the customs of slave buying back then, but he didn’t. He gave her the same freedom she had before she left. His love melted her heart and changed her.
Oh! what a Redeeming love!. The love for his bride. We, the bride of Christ, strayed away from our Lover but was reconciled back to God through the blood of Jesus who took upon Himself our wrongdoings and guilt. For God so loved us, that He redeemed us. The love that won’t give up. An unconditional love. How many time have we thrown away His affections to pursue the pleasures of this life, to gratify the longings of the flesh? What about the days we get into bed with the world and its ways? Give credit to every other thing but the Almighty God?
But each time, He upholds us in His loving kindness and leads us right back home. His forgiveness, boundless. Jesus paid the price for the fruits we enjoy today. That is the symbol of the Agape Love, His unwavering commitment towards us.
Worldly Love says – I will love you if you fit into my bias and prejudice. if you are meeting my needs, If you please me always. I will love you Until- it no longer serves me. Until you gain weight. until you fall ill, lose your possessions. become fussy.
Agape Love says – I will love you even when you break my heart. Even when life hits you and you become unrecognizable. Even when you become difficult. Even when my feelings revolt, I would love you.
This is the Love of Jehovah for you and for me. When we break the covenant, He defends His end. if you are faithless, God remains faithful. if you are groping in darkness, His love would find you. If you wander off, He would go to great lengths to steer you back into the fold. At any point, no matter how low it gets, God meets us there and redeems us.
Can you relate? How do we love Him too? Because this is love.. Not for what he will do for you But you love him. To know Him, fellowship with him, share in His pain, know what hurts him, carry His struggles and taste His disappointments
Also, do you bestow this same compassion in your primary relationships? If something catastrophic were to happen in their lives, how far can you go to be there for them? Sometimes the best form of help we can render to our loved ones is being there. To actually hear them and share in their distress. Strong relationships are defined by the moments of pain and joy you have shared together. The grace in the free expression of need. Be if as it may, how much we show up for our loved ones and friends in moments of need is directly proportional to the value we place on the relationship.
“A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.”
Proverbs 17:17 AMP
We don’t love others because they deserve it. We love because He first loved us while we were undeserving of it. Therefore, as true disciples of Jesus, we showcase this love wholeheartedly, not seeking personal gains but engaging ourselves in the service of others. We won’t hold people hostage when we do favours for them. Those good acts are seeds, sown into God’s kingdom. So we are to do good with no expectation of a reward because that is what love is and love is who we are.
Contrary to what we may think, Helping others benefits us too. We learn compassion, patience, empathy and forgiveness.
On the other end, Love should propel us to do better. Be better. Love should not be taken for granted or seen as a licence to misbehave. The right disposition and attitude is proof that we recognize the magnitude of love bestowed on us.
I close with these words,
Love God. Love yourself and Love your neighbour. Show up as much as you can for people in need. Every other thing would fall in place.
When all else has failed, Love always comes through
You are Loved💙💛💙