King James Version, Holy Bible
Hosea Chapter 14 (Old Testament, King James Bible)
Hosea 14: God receives a willing and contrite soul.
Memory verse: Hosea 14:1-2 O Israel, return to the Lord your God, For you have stumbled because of your iniquity; Take words with you, And return to the Lord. Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity; Receive us graciously, For we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.
When we stray from God, for us to have a good and intimate relationship with Him it is expected of us to have a contrite and willing heart – that's the kind of heart God accepts. It's only a person with a contrite heart that has the license to return to God when they stray away from Him. A contrite heart is one that is receptive, humble, repentant, and broken before God.
God is not moved by our outward rituals or sacrifices, He is keenly interested in a person who comes to Him with a repentant heart and also willing to follow His ordinances [Psalms 51:17]. When we are willing to follow God, God too is also ready to direct us, He will never despise such an individual because that is the kind of people He cherishes.
God wants those that tremble at His word, not those that take His word as trivial and never regard it [ Isaiah 66:2]. For God to receive us as His own, we also must do away with everything that could hinder us from being received by God. God is ever ready to receive you, are you ready to comply with Him?
Hope you enjoyed the 14th Chapter of Hosea from the King James Bible.