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Restored Relationships – Daily Devotion


IS THERE ANYTHING MORE PAINFUL
THAN A BROKEN RELATIONSHIP WITH A FRIEND OR
FAMILY MEMBER? CAN YOU THINK OF THE
LAST TIME YOU EXPERIENCED A BROKEN RELATIONSHIP? MAYBE YOU’RE THERE RIGHT NOW. RIFTS IN A RELATIONSHIP CAN
HURT SO MUCH, CAN’T THEY? BUT THERE’S ALSO
NOTHING MORE EXCITING THAN WHEN A RELATIONSHIP
IS RESTORED. HOSEA APPEALED TO ISRAEL TO
RETURN TO THE LORD AND TO BE RESTORED. THE PROPHET MADE
THIS PLEA BECAUSE THEIR DECISION TO DO
THINGS THEIR OWN WAY ENDED UP BEING
THEIR DOWNFALL. THERE WAS A RIFT IN THEIR
RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, AND THE ONLY OPTION FOR RESTORATION WAS FOR THEM TO TURN FROM THEIR SINS
AND RUN TO THE LORD. AND HOW DID GOD RESPOND? HE SAID, “I WILL
HEAL THEIR DISLOYALTY, “AND I WILL
LOVE THEM FREELY.” LIKE ISRAEL, WE KNOW
WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO SENSE A GROWING DISTANCE BETWEEN US AND THE LORD. OUR PRIVATE WORSHIP
AND PRAYER TIME BECOME DRY AND STALE
AND HURRIED. WE WONDER WHY WE’RE
NOT FEELING CLOSE TO GOD OR WHY OUR
HEARTS FEEL EMPTY. IF WE WANT TO EXPERIENCE SPIRITUAL FLOURISHING AGAIN, WE MUST RETURN TO THE LORD. HIS GRACE IS ALWAYS MORE
POWERFUL THAN OUR SIN. THE LORD IS COMMITTED
TO SHOW COMPASSION, OFFER FORGIVENESS AND BRING RESTORATION. HE SAYS TO YOU, “I WILL HEAL YOUR RELATIONSHIP AND LOVE YOU FREELY.”

Glenn Chapman

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