I will show love to those I called ‘Not loved.’

And to those I called ‘Not my people,’ I will say, ‘Now you are my people.’ And they will reply, ‘You are our God!’”

     Then the Lord said to me, “Go and love your wife again, even though she commits adultery with another lover. This will illustrate that the Lord still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them.” So I bought her back for fifteen pieces of silver and five bushels of barley and a measure of wine. Hosea 2:23-3:2 (NLT)

Heavenly Father, this passage in Hosea tells our story. We are the ones who had no claim on your love or place in your family, until you generously gave us both. No one ever has, or ever will, love us to the degree and with the delight, that you do. Well before Valentine’s Day, we need to deeply believe this.

Your grace is the only explanation. We are prone to wander; but you (Hallelujah!) are quicker at forgiving than we are at sinning.

Forgive us when we think of our sins as monochromatic in a world of Technicolor sinners. Forgive us when we view our need for grace as vanilla, compared to the spicy and dicey-ness of other people’s failings. Make it clear on this February Wednesday, that we both need and have your grace.

Father, thank you for buying us back—for redeeming our lives from sin and death, from un-righteousness and self-righteousness, from hopelessness and fearfulness. The cost wasn’t “silver, barley, and wine”; but the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. What a Gospel we have and trust. What a God and Father you are to us.

Our hope is built on nothing less, nothing more, and nothing other than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. May we live and love to your glory. So very Amen we pray, with worship, love and awe, in Jesus’ name.