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Loving a Cheater
• READ: HOSEA 1:1-11; 3:1-4
How much does God love you? The answer is: a lot!
But sometimes “a lot” can be hard to picture. To show us how faithful His love is, God gave us an analogy in the Old Testament: the story of Hosea and Gomer.
God told Hosea, an Old Testament prophet, to marry a woman named Gomer. But Gomer was unfaithful and left him, causing Hosea deep hurt.
When Gomer cheated on Hosea, God explained that the hurt she caused was similar to how He feels when we sin. Both the Israelite people and we as humans today have cheated on God with idols—things and ideas we worship instead of our good Creator.
Throughout the book of Hosea, God spelled out His anger and hurt toward His cheating people. But then the book takes a surprising turn.
God told Hosea to take back his cheating wife and love her like God loves the Israelites. Gomer had become enslaved to her lovers, so Hosea had to buy back his own wife and bring her home again. This parallels the story of Christ, who bought us at the much higher cost of His own blood on the cross. Jesus loved us enough to take on one of the most painful deaths the Roman Empire could offer. Not only did He die to beat sin, but Jesus also overcame death through His resurrection.
Even though we have all cheated on God with our sin, He still loved us enough to die for our sins (Romans 5:8). We can be bought back from our enslavement to sin by putting our trust in Jesus, the One who loved us first (1 John 4:10, 19). • Naomi Vroegop
• Read Romans 6:23. Why is it important that—without Jesus—we are sinners?
• Why is it important that God loved us while we were still enslaved to sin? Can anything we do earn God’s love for us in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 8:38-39)?
• What does it mean to put your trust in Jesus? (To learn more, check out our Know Jesus page.)
• As Christians, how should God’s love for us motivate us to treat others (1 John 4:11)?
The Lord says, “Then I will heal you of your faithlessness; my love will know no bounds, for my anger will be gone forever.” Hosea 14:4 (NLT)
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Why Even Go?
• READ: 1 PETER 2:4-10
Church is boring. Trust me, I know. When I was an energy-filled young boy, the decrepit, 1970s-style church building—with its mildew smell and lifeless music—threatened to suffocate me. "Singing? Listening to people talk? These are a few of my least favorite things."
Later, I learned a painful truth: some pretty bad people lurk in churches, just waiting for the right time to rip off their fake smiles and unleash hatred of all forms.
So why even go? Isn’t it better to just hang out at home, communing with Jesus from our beds on Sunday morning? After all, everything we do should be done in worship of Christ—from sleeping to eating to watching football (Colossians 3:23). Isn’t church redundant?
The thing is, Jesus is building a great big church. He’s building it out of broken, sinful people who He is making new. In today’s Bible passage, the apostle Peter describes believers as “living stones,” being built into a vast temple, the cornerstone of which is Christ (1 Peter 2:4-5). Going to church reminds us we are part of something much bigger than ourselves.
In fact, the Bible often describes the church as a city. Christianity is not an individualistic experience. It has been defined as a community ever since God promised Abraham He would make a nation out of him (Genesis 12:1-3; Galatians 3:26-29). The people of God are meant to live and worship together.
When we attend our local churches, we confess and worship Jesus, our King, together with every saint who has ever lived (1 Corinthians 1:2; Ephesians 2:18-22). And together we look forward to dwelling with Him (and each other) forever (Revelation 21:1-5). The gospel of Jesus Christ unites the people of God throughout history and around the world.
Church got less boring once I realized these truths. I am part of Jesus’ church—the family of God—which will outlast all sin and suffering. • Kevin Zeller
• How do you feel about church? Do you ever think about the church as a gigantic family of people united around faith in Jesus?
• There are good times to leave certain churches. Does your church proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ? If you have questions about whether it’s time to leave a church, who is a trusted Christian you could talk with— such as a teacher, camp counselor, parent, or friend?
You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple....And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. 1 Peter 2:4-5 (NLT)