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Francine Rivers’ “Redeeming Love” is the story of a lady who expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside. Then she meets Michael Hosea. A man who seeks God’s heart in everything, Michael Hosea obeys God’s call to marry her and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies her every bitter expectation until, despite her resistance her frozen heart begins to thaw. But with her unexpected softening come overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. Even inspite of being forgiven, she couldn’t find a place in her heart to forgive herself. And so she runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she can no longer deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael Hosea does… the One who will never let her go.

A powerful retelling of the story of Hosea and Gomer. It’s a life-changing story of God’s passionate love for each of us-unconditional, forgiving, unchanging, everlasting and self sacrificing. The Bible declares that His mercies are new every morning [Lamentations 3:22-23] which means that all we need is to go back to Him each time we miss it, ask for His forgiveness and trust Him to restore us [“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”- 1John 1:9]. I often tell people that our purpose in life is not to find happiness but to discover what He has created us for and offer them to Him [Revelation 4:11]. We should always strive to live for His pleasure. Especially in the life of Gomer, worthy of note is also that as humans, if we do acknowledge our frailty, we should also learn to forgive ourselves and not allow feelings of guilt and unworthiness to becloud our senses and rob us of our healing. Afterall, he who the Son has set free is free indeed!

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