when Israel was a child, I loved him

Hosea 11:1-2 (ESV)

1 When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and out of Egypt I called my son.

2 The more they were called,
the more they went away;
they kept sacrificing to the Baals
and burning offerings to idols.

God’s love for His people knows no bounds.

We see this in the Bible’s story which is a continual cycle of blessing (from God), rejection (by His people, displayed through their persistent sin), acknowledgement of their sinfulness and thus their eventual repentance (by His people), and finally blessing again (from God) through forgiveness and redemption, salvation and rescue.

It pains God to see His creation, especially His children, turning their back on Him.

What parent wouldn’t hurt?

But God’s love is a never ending love.

He is always willing to forgive.

Always willing to reach out and draw His child back into His arms just like the father in the Parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15:11ff).


prayer : thank you for your tender love for me despite my rejection of you

action : learn to love my children just as fiercely


“To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” 1 Timothy 1:2 (ESV)

I love how Paul addresses his letters. Such warmth and sincerity.

I don’t see anyone else doing it quite like this nowadays.

Emails and text messages are so short and abrupt.

But how wonderful to see Paul taking the time to ponder over how to start a letter to someone he truly cares for. A letter to someone he loves.

And here Paul does it by sharing not only his own feelings but three gifts in particular that come directly from God: namely grace, mercy, and peace.

There’s plenty to say about all three but I’ll leave that for another day.

For now, I just want to greet anyone reading this blog and especially this post.


prayer : thank God for His generous gifts of grace, mercy, and peace

action : commit to reading the Bible every day