“And the Lord said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods…”
We all have that sin. That one struggle area where we are always tempted to fall away. No sin is greater than another sin. Sin is sin.
For Gomer, the sin she struggled with was adultery, promiscuity, lust.
In Hosea 1, we see God tell Hosea to go marry a prostitute. He was to love her and be faithful to her. He was to have children with her. He was to be the husband God called him to be.
Gomer, even though Hosea loved her, was unfaithful. She was consistently with other men behind Hosea’s back. During this time period, it was common for a woman who committed adultery to be sent away. While a divorced woman in today’s times can still function, a divorced woman in Hosea’s time would be ostracized. She would have no one.
Would it have been easier for Hosea to let Gomer go?
Yes, but that’s not what God called him to do.
God continued to encourage Hosea to forgive Gomer and welcome her back into his life.
Gomer ran, and Hosea forgave. Gomer ran, and Hosea forgave.
This happened over and over again.
While I was going through Hosea, I wondered if Gomer thought she wasn’t good enough for Hosea. I wondered if she thought she didn’t deserve the love she was receiving from Hosea. I wondered if she doubted her worth.
How broken do you think Gomer was?
Hosea loved her. Hosea pursued her. Hosea wanted to be with her. Hosea treated her well. Hosea was faithful to her. Hosea loved her children. Hosea was good. Hosea loved the Lord.
Gomer was a harlot, a prostitute. She was continuously unfaithful. She was incapable of seeing her true worth.
How broken do you think Hosea was?
At this time in Israel, the people were evil. They turned their backs on what is true, so they could fulfill their flesh. They turned away from God and His truth. They turned away from God and His love. They turned away from God and His faithfulness.
They turned away from God.
Yet, in the book of Hosea, we see the people of Israel continuously recognize their wrongdoing just to turn back to God. Time and time again, the people ran, and God forgave. The people ran, and God forgave.
Let me tell you something, friends. All of us are worse than we think. All of us sin. All of us are guilty, and all of us need forgiveness.
God knows your heart. He knows your deepest, darkest secret. There’s nothing you need to hide from Him because He already knows.
Hosea knew that Gomer would be unfaithful to him. Hosea knew that Gomer would not be able to only be with him for the rest of her life, yet he married her and continuously forgave her.
We need forgiveness. Romans 3:23 tells us that “ALL have SINNED and fall short of the glory of God.”
ALL have sinned. ALL. EVERYONE falls short.
No one is perfect.
WE ALL NEED FORGIVENESS.
Not only do we need forgiveness, my friends, but we need to forgive.
We have to forgive those who do wrong. We have to forgive those who don’t even recognize they’ve done wrong. We have to forgive.
Let’s take it a step further.
We have to love those people who do wrong too.
It can be a person that has done wrong to a family member. It can be a person who has harmed you. It can be the worst person on the planet, and we are called to love that person.
Don’t fight fire with fire. We are called to love those who hurt us.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you right on the cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.” Matthew 5:38-40
Gomer needed forgiveness, and Hosea forgave.
God continuously forgives us, and because we are forgiven, we are to forgive.
Are we worthy of God’s forgiveness?
“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
Once we accept Jesus and put Him above ALL else, we receive God’s likeness. What does God’s likeness look like? It’s going to be – holiness, obedience, love, faithfulness, joy, goodness, kindness, self-control, peace, righteousness, gentleness, and patience – magnified.
When Jesus died He took on all your sin. He took on all my sin. He took on EVERYONE’S sin.
That sin was put to death when Jesus died on the cross.
When you accept the gift of salvation, your sins are removed. When you repent, your sins are removed. You no longer carry the weight of your sin because Jesus did that for you.
You are forgiven when you ask for forgiveness.
When you realize how valuable Jesus is…When you realize how worthy God is…When we realize how worthless we are without Him…then we are worthy of His forgiveness.
His covering and consistent presence in my life makes me worthy of forgiveness.
Because I am forgiven by Him, I must forgive – even when the person I’m forgiving may not seem worthy of forgiveness.