Last week we concluded the book of Colossians and were left with several reminders. First, l loving the Word of God and loving the people of God are not at odds. Believers are called to both. Second, we must be willing to endure suffering for the spread of the gospel. And third, we must remember the grace of God. It is God's grace that motivates us to love truth and people, and it is God's grace that allows us to endure suffering.
This week, reflect on how God has shown his grace to you and respond to him in joy and praise.
PREPARING TO HEAR
This Sunday we will hear from Hosea chapter 13. We will see how Hosea pulls back the curtain and exposes the folly of idolatry, while at the same time pointing to God as worthy of our worship and praise. To prepare for this Sunday, read Hosea 13 and think about the following questions:
- Where do you look for satisfaction?
- What reasons does Hosea 13 give us to worship God?
- How does Paul use Hosea 13:14 when he quotes it in 1 Corinthians 15:55?
- How can we reconcile God's loving character with the brutal descriptions of judgment in verse 16?
Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.