Having The Spirit Of Hosea
By David J. Stewart
James 2:13, “For He shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy...”
Hosea in the Old Testament had a Christlike spirit of love, forgiveness and redemption. This is almost unheard of nowadays, even in Christian marriages. Even after years of living in adultery, Hosea bought his wife Gomer back from a slave market where she ended up. Oh, listen friend, this is where sin leads... to the slave market of sin!
The Old Testament gives us an example of God's unconditional love in the book of Hosea. Hosea was one of the minor prophets, sent by God to preach to Israel. Hosea married Gomer, and they had numerous children. Gomer then abandoned Hosea to go live in the sin of adultery.
Hosea was devastated, for he loved Gomer; but she was a whore. At the end of the book of Hosea, after Gomer had lived a life of sin, Hosea finds her being sold at a slave market. Hosea buys Gomer back, thus expressing his unconditional love and forgiveness. Hosea represents God and Gomer represents Israel and all sinners. Romans 5:8 states, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." God loves mankind with an unconditional love. God was willing to buy us back from the slave market of sin to set us free.
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Likewise, a true Christian spouse who loves God, will demonstrate unconditional love for their wayward spouse, and not divorce. The focus of nearly everyone who seeks to justify a divorce is upon “self.” They reason, “Why should I live unhappy, suffer or be miserable, when I can move to greener pastures?” But Jesus was willing to suffer for you and me, being spit upon and beaten because He loves us. He could have called ten thousand angels, but He chose to bleed, suffer and die for our sins. This is not an “evangelical” attitude of men toward women; It is God's Word.
Of course, a wife has every right to leave the home if she is being beaten; but she Biblically never has a right to divorce. Hardships are a part of life and marriage, and only a self-righteous hypocrite would condemn their spouse while overlooking their own sins and faults. People look for every excuse to divorce nowadays.
I have received letters from time-to-time from people who quote various ministers, ministries and religious sources in an attempt to justify their divorce. It's woeful apostasy! If anyone should be protecting the sacredness of marriage, its Christians; but they divorce as much as the unsaved heathens. Divorce is caused by sinful PRIDE.
God hates all divorce and calls it “treacherous” ... Malachi 2:16 (for men); Jeremiah 3:20 (for women)! Jesus said that only by a hard heart can divorce happen (Matthew 19:8).
There are times in most marriages where a husband and wife feel they don't love each other anymore; but this is when God's unconditional love should override our own selfish personal desires. Unconditional love is God's love; not the shallow conditional love which the world sings about. It's amazing to me how the world can sing... “I'll love you forever and ever”... and then divorce every 5-10 years and move on to greener pastures. Divorce is a sin, and there are no exceptions. On one's wedding day, there were no disclaimers in your marriage vows. No one promises... “'till death do us part, unless you commit adultery.” Yet, these same liars will twist the Bible around to justify their divorce 15-years later on the grounds of adultery. They are equally guilty of breaking their marriage VOWS if they file for divorce.
The problem is that people categorize sin. Adultery is considered much more horrible than a lazy, lying, and lackadaisical wife; but they are equally sinful in God's eyes (James 2:10). Nearly every woman who files for divorce calls off a list of her husband's sins in a wicked attempt to justify her decision to divorce, but she doesn't call off any of her own sins. It's self-righteous hypocrisy in the sight of God. In divorce a wife usurps authority over her husband, using her marriage license as a weapon against him in a court of law. God hates rebellion. There is no honor in quitting one's marriage vows. There is no honor in taking the easy path out and leaving one's spouse to deal with all their hardships and problems alone.
Every believer should settle it in their heart that they are going to have the attitude of Hosea, i.e., I will always love, forgive and take my spouse back no matter what they do. That's genuine Christianity. God's love is unconditional. It is human to get angry and feel hurt when our loved one's betray us, but God's love that the Holy Spirit sheds abroad in our heart should surpass all of that... “because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Romans 5:5). Amen! Jesus Christ is our example, suffering when He didn't have to, even to the point of dying. I'm not saying to let your spouse beat you to death, I am saying that you should never give up on your marriage. If your marriage is a mess, then separate; but don't divorce. I don't expect most people to understand.
If you decide to love someone, there's no such thing as "I don't love you anymore." This is God's agape love.
Satan Comes Only To Kill, Steal And Destroy
I am sick and tired of hearing believers use the “love test” to decide whether or not someone should file for divorce. Their sinful mindset is that if a wife doesn't truly love her husband, then it's probably best to divorce. No Sir! That's heathen advice from the Devil. Love is NOT based upon how you feel; but rather, love is treating your spouse the same way you would want to be treated (Matthew 7:12). Would you want your spouse to file divorce on you, drag you into a heathen court, wipe out your career savings, cause you overwhelming mental anguish, and totally ruin your life? No, I didn't think so.
The Devil comes only to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10); which is exactly what American women have been trained by feminism to do... kill their babies by abortion, steal their husband's life in court, and destroy their family by divorce. And you think you're “liberated”? Boy, the Devil saw you coming! You're not liberated, you're retarded. I mean no unkindness, but the Devil is a liar the Bible says (John 8:44), and feminism is a lie of the Devil. The Devil promises liberation and happiness to feminists; but in reality women become childless, frustrated, and full of regret.
God told Adam to RULE OVER Eve (Genesis 3:16). Feminism calls this “spousal abuse.” We are living in perilous times when murderous abortion, vile homosexuality, and rebellious wives are legal; but these evil works are still sins in the eyes of God. Feminism is destroying America, deceiving women to kill, steal, and destroy in the name of liberation and women's rights.
Don't Selfishly Bail Ship
Marriage is as a ship at sea, and it is evil in the sight of God when a wife abandons ship during stormy seas so that she may be comforted by others, leaving her husband lost at sea to battle the raging waves of life by himself. What a selfish and evil thing for a woman to do to her husband. I focus primarily upon the ladies because women file for divorce in the U.S. at more than TWICE the rate of men because of the Communist feminist agenda indoctrinating women today.
There are demonic government-sponsored programs all across America that teach women in shelters that divorce is statistically, economically and personally the best thing they can do for THEMSELVES; and free government-paid-for attorneys are provide to the same women if the wife simply alleges any form of spousal abuse against her husband. If the wife eats the forbidden fruit by divorcing, she is rewarded by the State with free Welfare, Section 8 Housing, and other fringe benefits (not to mention taking her husbands wealth away).
There is NOT one such program in America that targets men. Do you know why? It's because women are more susceptible to false doctrine than men. Don't get angry ladies, it's Biblical. The Bible says that Eve was DECEIVED, not Adam...
1st Timothy 2:12-14, “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”
That is not to say that women are inferior to men, or dumb; not at all. There are many brilliant women in this world, such as Phyllis Schlafly whom I adore; but such women are God-fearing and understand the different roles that God has given to men and women. Feminism is destroying America, deceiving women to kill, steal, and destroy in the name of liberation and women's rights. Satan is a deceiver and liar. By appealing to carnally-minded women who desire to be “empowered,” the Devil has deceived women to kill, steal, and destroy their own children, marriages, and families. Do you hear laughing? It is the Devil laughing at your foolishness. Satan led you to destroy your own happiness, thinking that you were doing yourself a favor. Of, how the Devil is a beautiful liar.
In sharp contrast, most women today in America have been indoctrinated by feminism's lies to demand equality with men. They are mental homosexuals. They want to be like men. They act like men, talking with authority and carrying themselves in a rugged fashion like men. This is sinful. God intended for women to be feminine, wear feminine clothing, and have a meek and quiet spirit about them (1st Peter 3:4). This is very different than than impudent, arrogant and feisty feminist women in American society today. Women have become lewd, rude, and crude. This ought not be. I speak this to our nation's shame.
There is a malicious Communist agenda at work in America to undermine and destroy marriages by brainwashing women to kill their babies, steal their husband's authority, and destroy their marriage and family. Judgment Day is coming (Hebrews 9:27).
Please Don't Divorce Your Spouse
If marriage means nothing more to you than living with someone, then you probably won't understand anything I've said. If you can just as easily live with someone new, as with someone you've been with for along time, then you don't know what love is. Most people today don't know how to love because they've never received God's love. God is love and those who believe on the name of Jesus Christ will learn in time to love as God's loves, if they'll let God have His way in their heart. Christ-rejecters reject God's love that sent Jesus to the cross for our sins; and so they remain cold-hearted in sin and unbelief. How can you know God's love if you have not God? I assure you that God's power can save your marriage. If you love God, then you will not divorce your spouse. Divorce is selfish and worldly.
It is extremely cruel for a person to abandon their spouse. Gomer abandoned Hosea, leaving him numerous children to raise. Divorce is a horrible sin that perpetuates for a lifetime. The consequences are devastating, the number one way to destroy a society.
If the Lord tarries His return, parents of the future will become mere incubators, producing servants of the State. Traditional families will become a thing of the past, and already today is is happening to a large extent. China's one-child policy began as a simple tax, and escalated into a crime punishable by forced abortion, sterilization, imprisonment, fines, and infanticide. The insane environmental agenda will be used to tax Americans for having too many children, which will eventually bring China's cruel tyranny and oppression to the United States. Mark my words.
I know my opinions are not very popular in today's apostate world, but they are Biblical. Feminism was spawned by Communism. Do a web search under “Feminism Communism” and see all the articles that come up. Feminism is destroying America, deceiving women to kill, steal, and destroy in the name of liberation and women's rights.
Jesus Died For All Humanity
Today I read a precious Scripture in 1st Timothy 4:9-10, “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
1Tm:4:10: For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.” Notice that Jesus is the “Saviour of all men,” especially of them that believe. Isn't that wonderful? This refutes the false teaching of “Limited Atonement” (which errantly teaches that Jesus only died for believers). The Bible teaches that Jesus died for ALL mankind. If you reject Christ, He is still the Savior Who paid for your sins.
You are forfeiting the free gift of God, damning yourself forever by your own foolish decision. You'll either be freely given all things in Heaven (Romans 8:32), or else you won't even be given a single drop of water in Hell fire (Luke 16:19-32). I'm grateful to the Lord for paying for my sins. I am going to Heaven one day, because of Jesus' righteousness. It's not what I've done that saved me; but rather, it's what Jesus has done for me, bearing the heavy burden of my sins upon Himself on Calvary's cross. Amen! Jesus died, was buried and He rose up miraculously from the dead. This is the Gospel according to 1st Corinthians 15:1-4. Note: I only use the King James Bible).
“She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.” —Proverb 31:12
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