God is Love

Hosea 3:1-5

(1 John 4:8) He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

(1 John 4:16) And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

There are many things about God that is difficult for us to grasp. The very concept of a great and gracious God is nearly beyond us. What we know of Him, He has revealed to us in the Scripture. And even though we read it, we still struggle to fully understand Him. One aspect that is especially difficult for us is to understand the love of God. We ask ourselves, "How could He love me?" And yet the Scripture reminds us again and again that He does! We realize that God showed His love for us in giving His Only-begotten Son to die on Calvary. We read it, but it is hard to grasp. In the small O.T. book of Hosea, we find a glimpse of God's love. Hosea, along with Amos, prophesied to the northern kingdom of Israel while Isaiah and Micah ministered to the southern tribe of Judah. In the first two chapters of Hosea we see a broken home and a broken nation. A broken relationship between a man and his wife, and a broken relationship between a people and their God. [2] God used a heartbreaking tragedy in the life of Hosea in order to enable Hosea to catch a glimpse of the sorrow and suffering God experiences when His people sin against Him. In the five verses comprising chapter 3, the love of God is described and demonstrated four ways. Read Text

I. God's Seeking Love (1)

II. God's Redeeming Love (2)

III. God's Disciplining Love (3)

IV. God's Triumphant Love (4-5)

Do you know the love of God this morning? Do you know the victory that comes through faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work on Calvary? If not, then you will not know the victory that is available for us today and for all eternity. Have you experienced His great love for us? What about His seeking love; His redeeming love; His disciplining love; and His victorious love? I invite you to come this morning and allow us to introduce you to God through His Son, Jesus. Trust Him today. Christians, do we love God as we should? If we love Him…we will keep His commandments.