Forgiveness (Hosea)

Ironically, I’ve given up music for Lent, but I feel like making all these posts about music because songs continuously play through my head. There’s a song called “Hosea” based off the book of that same name in the Bible. Every time I hear that song, it brings tears to my eyes. It goes like this:

Long have I waited for
Your coming home to me
And living deeply our new life

It’s all about forgiveness and waiting for someone to amend their ways and return to goodness. (It’s also a love song.) In the book Hosea in the Bible, God tells a prophet (Hosea) to marry a prostitute. He does this so that Hosea may understand God’s hope that the kingdom of Israel leaves behind its false idols and returns to him. Hosea marries the prostitute and is continually disappointed in her unfaithfulness, yet, like God, he continues to love her and forgive her. Like much of the Bible, it’s an allegory.

It is difficult to forgive someone who continually does things to hurt you. It’s hard to keep on loving this person, and it’s even harder to keep up the hope that they will see the error of their ways and stop what they’re doing. What has fascinated me for the past few weeks is that God keeps loving us unconditionally even when we fail and go against his will. He never gives up hope for us. When someone betrays me or hurts me, sometimes I can’t even imagine completely forgiving them and letting them come back into my life. It takes an enormous amount of faith and strength to continue loving that person. But it feels good to forgive someone, and to have them forgive us. Embrace love. 🙂

Come back to me
With all your heart
Don’t let fear
Keep us apart…

2 thoughts on “Forgiveness (Hosea)

  1. Yes. I particularly agree with you when you say that it feels good to forgive someone and then for them to forgive you back. It’s these acts of kindness which make the world go round.

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  2. Forgiveness was a major theme in my second novel, U-town.

    (Later on, I realized that storyline had been influenced by the movie Broadway Danny Rose, which is also about forgiveness, among other things.)

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