Love and Marriage | The Savings Wife

Friday, April 19, 2013

Love and Marriage

Let me give you a little different view than what most people think of when I mention Marriage.

Hosea 1:1-2 When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, "Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD." So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.
Hosea 3:1 The LORD said to me, "Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes." So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley.Then I told her, "You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will live with you."

Now lets compare that to what the lord says of us.

Hosea 2:19 I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the LORD. In that day I will respond," declares the LORD--"I will respond to the skies, and they will respond to the earth; and the earth will respond to the grain, the new wine and oil, and they will respond to Jezreel. I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called 'Not my loved one.' I will say to those called 'Not my people,' 'You are my people'; and they will say, 'You are my God.

After we turn from him (after sin)

Hosea 6:1 "Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth."
Hosea 10:12 Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you. But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors,

Have you ever thought of your relationship to God like the one of husband and wife? 

We find a guy we really like. We start to believe the things he says to us. We spend time together. We grow in love. We believe all the promises and set a date to be married. Then we marry and we spend the rest of our lives trying to stay married and hold to those promises.

Now look at our relationship to God. We look for him and find him. We believe. We spend time together and share our sins, we repent of those sins. We make a date to be Baptized. We are Baptized and joined with the Holy spirit and we spend the rest of our lives trying to stay together. We try to nurture our relationship. We try not to neglect being together.

Or your relationship to God can END like this....

We believe, we spend time together, we repent....We leave God we fall away we don't marry him in Baptism. Or we Get Baptized then we become adulteresses.....We forget the Husband we married. The relationship is cut off Husband and Wife have separated, or we even divorce our husband.

How is your relationship to God right now are you still married? Are you an adulteress? Have you neglected your Husband, your God? Did you just go through with the wedding just to change your name to Christian?

Did you know God also wooed you as a child?

Hosea 11: When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. But the more I called Israel, the further they went from me. They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images.

Who or what is our Baals?

(cont) It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them. "Will they not return to Egypt and will not Assyria rule over them because they refuse to repent? Swords will flash in their cities, will destroy the bars of their gates and put an end to their plans. My people are determined to turn from me.

Are you a rebellious child?

(cont) Even if they call to the Most High, he will by no means exalt them. "How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboiim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused. I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I turn and devastate Ephraim. For I am God, and not man--the Holy One among you. I will not come in wrath.They will follow the LORD; he will roar like a lion. When he roars, his children will come trembling from the west. They will come trembling like birds from Egypt, like doves from Assyria. I will settle them in their homes," declares the LORD. Ephraim has surrounded me with lies, the house of Israel with deceit. And Judah is unruly against God, even against the faithful Holy One. Ephraim feeds on the wind; he pursues the east wind all day and multiplies lies and violence. He makes a treaty with Assyria and sends olive oil to Egypt. The LORD has a charge to bring against Judah; he will punish Jacob according to his ways and repay him according to his deeds. In the womb he grasped his brother's heel; as a man he struggled with God. He struggled with the angel and overcame him; he wept and begged for his favor. He found him at Bethel and talked with him there-- the LORD God Almighty, the LORD is his name of renown! But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.
Have you returned to your God the father? Or are you being destroyed, tore to pieces or roared against and are ignoring your Father?

Sometimes we get so many blessings from God that we ignore him... then when disaster comes we suddenly turn back to him. Have you learned to praise God in your blessings and hold to him when things are good? Or are you like a rebellious child who only comes home when you see that life was better at home with your Father.
Hosea 13:6 When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me. So I will come upon them like a lion, like a leopard I will lurk by the path. Like a bear robbed of her cubs, I will attack them and rip them open. Like a lion I will devour them; a wild animal will tear them apart. "You are destroyed, O Israel, because you are against me, against your helper
Hosea 14:9 Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.

When I first read Hosea 14:9 I was thinking about what happens when you walk on God's path. Then I remember what happens when you let your own desires lead you. You stumble and fall. After you stumble and fall you have two choices.

1. Try and keep walking on the righteous path
2. Keep stumbling and fall off a cliff.

God will let you be wounded to return you to him. Just like when we tell our kids a million times not to do something and they only learn when we allow them to experience the consequences of their actions.

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