Recently I have realized how undeserving I am of the Father's love, of the sacrifice that He made on the cross on my behalf. I have often been like a cheating wife - an adulteress in the sight of the King. And yet He still loves me, wants me, and pursues me. Much like Israel, I have not always been faithful to Him alone, and yet He still calls me His beloved. His love is radical.
"Return, Israel, to the LORD your God. Your sins have been your downfall! Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to Him: "Forgive all our sins, and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips... We will never again say, 'Our gods' to what our own hands have made, for in you the fatherless find compassion."
"I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them..." Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them."
Hosea 14:1-4, 9