There are people God has put in our lives to help restore them, but too often we look at others and ask why they keep making bad choices, why they keep behaving like they are. Instead of looking down on others making wrong decisions, we should show them love, love heals, love restores. There are people that are going through a lot and the truth is if we were in their shoes, we probably would be in a worse place than they are. God’s love shown in his grace and mercy saved us from wrong choices we were neck deep in. If God has given us mercy so freely, it is only right that we show others such unquantifiable Love shown in our mercifulness. There are a lot judgmental people in this world but where are the healers? Check Eph. 4: 32 (msg)
The story of Hosea teaches us of how God loves us so much, such that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us (Rom. 5:6,8) and even when we commit sin he forgives us. God told Hosea to marry a woman who was a prostitute. I’m sure that in this generation if God ever tells any Christian to marry a prostitute they would bind the devil and say that must be the Devil.
This story teaches us that we should not judge people but rather correct them with love and keep praying for them. A lot of people doing the wrong things are already condemned by the world, but when we as Christians have the responsibility to show them love (as we have received from God). This should be our attitude to show love in our prayers (and response to them) and avoid unnecessary gossips and judgements. This can ignite change and cause to become better.
I remember when I use to make a lot of wrong decisions, I knew they were wrong but I could not stop. A lot of people had condemned me but it didn’t change anything, I felt so lonely and always felt they didn’t understand. It was so difficult to change just like that, I remember the day I got the courage to talk to a pastor, Pastor Victor, He was a man of God that always showed love to people. I had to talk to him because it was weighing me down. He was smiling all through and He prayed a simple prayer. I was so confused because I saw my challenges as something that needed so much prayer and deliverance. A change was ignited that day. I realised then that what I was doing was wrong and that God was able to change me and make me a better person, and this was all because of the encouragement I got from a pastor.
What am I trying to say?
A lot of people keep condemning but they forget the most powerful thing you can use to change a person and that is “love”. Love and encourage someone! even when that person is not perfect, just showing love can really go a long way.
Hosea’s wife was a prostitute and you would think that after she married a prophet it would be the end of her lifestyle. She went back to prostitution, she abandoned her family and this would have made Hosea so angry that He would have forgotten about her and told God ” God this Woman you gave me is just the worst of them all”, and concluded that He won’t go back to Her, but Hosea obeyed God when God told him to go and get his wife for a price, He had already married her but then He had to go buy her back because she was a slave.
There are also pastors who may preach to you, but may not like you. They only care about what you put in the offering. They don’t want to know how you’re doing through the week; they don’t want to check on you and your Family. They just want to stand up before you and perform which is really wrong. A leader who is called by God is a people lover, show love!!
Lazarus was wrapped with grave clothes when He died, even after Jesus had done something on the inside by raising him from the dead, He was still bound on the outside. Somebody had to remove his grave clothes, if not, he wouldn’t have been able to experience what God has done for him. There are people around us wearing grave clothes, God has done something on the inside but they are still bound on the outside. Somebody has to step up to remove their grave clothes, don’t judge people by appearance, just like Lazarus; He had risen but on the outside the grave clothes were smelling and disgusting but someone had to remove them, maybe the person who needs your help has so many issues, maybe he smokes, or she drinks but you must be patient and show them love because love changes people.
you can check: WHEN GOD WRITES YOUR LOVE STORY