Timeless Truth: Love is a choice. (Hosea 3)
This was something that I first began to think about when we read 1 Corinthians and the topic of love destroyed me. To look at the difference of the way that the bible defines love and the way that the world defines love is insane. It’s not even close. The world defines love much like a feeling and defines it in the way that it can fade. It also talks about loving a cup of coffee or loving the shirt that you are wearing. Yes you can like a shirt you are wearing or you can like a cup of coffee but you don’t necessarily love it. The Bible defines love in a completely different way. 1 Corinthians 13:4 says that “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all thing. Love never ends.” This verse has so much in it and yet so many people just read it like a feel good kind of thing. It is one of those verses that so many people know but don’t fully understand. If people fully understood love the way that God intended it to be this world would be completely different.
This wrecked me when I read chapter three and it all started making sense. I have always known that love is a choice but putting the relationship that Hosea had with his wife, the relationship that God has with his people and us and then looking at 1 Corinthians 13:4 it all makes more sense. Looking at the definition of love in 1 Corinthians and then matching it with the way that God loved and still loves us makes perfect sense. Hosea had to go through so much. He was rejected and he was torn apart into pieces and he was wrecked and betrayed so many times and yet he chose to love his wife. He was patient with her and he was kind to her. He didn’t really have anything to boast about. He knew the truth of the Lord and he knew that he was called to love her. He believed in it and endured everything that came at him in his marriage. His love for her never ended and he stuck with her to the end and then redeemed her.
Throughout the entire Old Testament Israel rejects God and they reject the one that had given them so much and God just sits there and takes it all and still chooses to love them. They turned to every God but him and he still chose to redeem them. They were so lost and living in sin and yet he sent his son to die for the people that had rejected him. He is love and chose to love his people through everything.
My entire life I have been told about the love of God. I feel like it was shoved down my throat when I was little and it started to mean nothing. “Yeah but Jesus loves you”, is what people would say and I didn’t even care anymore. I had never felt the love of God before and it didn’t make sense. I have rejected him my whole life. I was like Gomer and I turned to everything that wasn’t from the Lord and he still was there the whole time just waiting for me to turn around. God’s love in indescribable and I hope it never stops blowing me away.
Chelsea Brosh (Canada)