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Love: Passion or Promise

Listen to the Message
 
 
Does love sustain our commitment or does our commitment sustain our love?
 
Relationships are built on a promise not a passion. 
 
It’s not your love that sustains your commitment. 
 
It’s your commitment that sustains your love. 
 
She has been transported from the “hip” world of adultery into the living hell of prostitution. 
 
What we learn from this is that love is not about passion, but about a promise.
 
1. Love is a Promise that Endures. 
  • Homer had to reach the end of the road before she would see the value of returning home. 
  • So much time had passed and she had sinned so greatly that she couldn’t 
  • To understand this kind of love, we must look to it’s source - God.
  • “While we were yet sinners”
  • Marriage is not about “being in love” but agreeing to love. 
  • If we wait for the felling we may never get around to showing love. 
2. Love is a Promise that Procures. 
  • It’s up to us to discover its importance. 
  • It represented a TOTAL sacrifice, the best he had to offer. 
  • It told Gomer that she was worth more than anything he possessed, and everything he possessed. 
  • We don’t have to earn God’s love, or earn His blessings. 
3. Love is a Promise that Secures 
  • Hosea’s solution to Gomer’s shameful past was to give her a brand new 
  • He alone was to be the source of her security in their relationship. 
  • He wants us to be dependent upon Him for every kind of need we have. 
  • We are to cast our cats upon Him because He cares for us. 
  • It took time. 
  • But what Hosea did for Gomer, God was going to do for Israel.