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Sir John Ong’s preach yesterday was definitely a fire starter for people who do not see how powerful God’s unconditional love is. His message was very contagious and made me reflective of how I view love as an empowering emotion and state of mind. The fire set made me realize how important it is to love all the people around me, even those who are the sinful of the sinners.

Citing the book of Hosea, Sir John narrated the story of Hosea and Gomer.

Hosea was asked by God to marry Gomer, a former prostitute. Hosea’s reverence to God was over powering, that he followed and trusted Him no matter what the consequences are.

In the Bible verse Hosea 1:2-3,

When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.” So he married Gomer, daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

Hosea was a faithful husband; he never failed to serve his adulteress wife, even if she was starting to feel restless and nostalgic of her past life. He believed that he could restore his wife into being faithful, at the expense of his grief.

When Gomer was lost, he looked for her everywhere and found her at a slave market, dirty and chained. If Hosea were an unforgiving man, he would never get his wife back. But being the faithful man that he is, he bought her from slavery for fifteen shekels of silver and thirteen bushels of barley. Hosea was a perfect biblical example for loving the same way as how God loved the Church.

At this point of the message, I felt how unworthy I am of God’s love. I started to rethink of how forgiveness and love should go hand in hand with my relationship with the Lord Almighty and my neighbors. I thought wrong all along. Sacrificing for the people you love is easy, if you know how to redirect your perception on the love of God.

Loving and forgiving is easy and challenging all at the same time. The true test is on how we will endure the pain which other people inflict us.

As they say, the hardest thing to do is to forgive, but with God’s unconditional love, we would see how unworthy we are, and yet God loves us dearly.