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Mercy On No-Mercy

Mercy On No-Mercy

05 July 2010

Today’s Reading: Hosea 2-5; Hebrews 2

Scripture:

“...I'll have mercy on No-Mercy. I'll say to Nobody, 'You're my dear Somebody,' and he'll say 'You're my God!' " (Hosea 2:23 MSG)

The story of Hosea is amazing! Hosea is amazing! God is amazing! I was thinking as I read this today, “God has the full range of emotions – love, anger, frustration, joy, disappointment, hope – just like us!” Then I was reminded that, in fact, we have the full range of emotions “just like God!”

God, in his anger at Israel’s sin, told Hosea to name his daughter “No-Mercy” and his second son “Nobody.” But God didn’t stay angry. A little later he told Hosea that he would have mercy on No-Mercy (and on sinful Israel) and he would make Nobody his dear Somebody (and would restore rebellious Israel to a loving relationship.)

God then entered our world in the person of his son Jesus Christ and experienced emotion on our level so he could love us even better. 14 …the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil's hold on death 15 and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death. 17 That's why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people's sins, 18 he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed. (Hebrews 2:14-18 MSG)

Understanding that God has emotions and that my emotional nature is a reflection of his emotions helps me to understand him better and to understand me better. I am an emotional person because God is an emotional God and I am made in his image. God’s emotions, like mine, are up and down, but the bottom line, the rock-solid foundation of God’s emotions, is unconditional love.

He gets angry once in a while, but across a lifetime there is only love. (Psalm 30:5)

Prayer:

Father, Thanks for the emotional roller-coaster ride of life. I often wish it was a smoother ride, but I trust you to keep it on the rails. Help me to always and quickly return to the foundational emotion of love, and let my love become more unconditional, more like your love. In Jesus’ Name.

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