I won’t deny it, they were tough years.
Reference: She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will say, ‘I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better off than now.’ (Hosea 2:7 NIV)
Explore: We had a rebellious teenager. No matter how much we showed love and consistent discipline, our foster daughter still chose to shun us and disrespect our values.
I won’t deny it, they were tough years. It was disheartening when she moved out and we felt like failures to have such a broken relationship.
Thankfully she never forgot our care for her. When times got tough for her and she felt she could no longer cope on her own, she came home.
We still have our challenges, but she knows that we have her best interests at heart and we pray that she will experience God’s love through our care.
Application: We have experienced this situation once with our daughter and I’m already preparing my heart for when my 5 and 7 year olds hit their teenage years. And yet, God would experience this every single day.
He has poured our His love and care for all His children, but thousands of them turn their back on Him. This shows true love. That even whilst His children are rebellious, He is still willing to sacrifice His Son for us.
It’s tough, but this is the type of love God calls us to show others too. It is by this love that people will know that we are followers of God.
Prayer: Lord, give us Your love and grace that we may show it to others. Amen.
Who do you know who needs God’s love?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.
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