”I will heal their apostasy, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from them.” -Hosea 14:4
Apostasy is basically backsliding. Turning away from God and His ways. However, when we turn back to God, He is there to heal us. If you’ve ever backslidden for a time then returned to God, there is healing that needs to happen. It’s like any relationship that has suffered a rift of some kind. When you attempt to reconcile there needs to be repentance and forgiveness. Sometimes trust needs to be rebuilt and that takes time and work. The great thing about God s that forgiveness is already there with Him. We still need to repent, but there is no hesitation. Forgiveness was waiting for you all along. It doesn’t even matter what you did or how badly you messed up, God will take you back – always.
Our Heavenly Father is slow to anger and quick to forgive. “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.” -Psalms 103:8 (NASB). His love for us is free and unconditional. All we need to do is accept it. He holds out the gift and we just need to receive it.
©2018, Brenda Lenz – Loving Proof devotional