The bible has a multitude of fascinating love stories.
It is filled with stories that narrates God’s love towards His people are symbolized through His prophets which expresses joy, love, happiness, hope, and never giving up on your family, your friends, and the ones you believe in.
One such love story is the tale of Hosea and Gomer, which is indicated in the Hebrew Bible, and which took place almost 3000 years ago.
The story begins in the kingdom of Israel – It was prosperous, and the people were coming corrupted and they were even worshipping other gods.
God decided to remind His people of His great love, and speak through the prophet Hosea and instructed him to do something which would look abominable by today’s standards – He ask Hosea to take a wife who was a harlot.
The woman was Gomer, and she married the young prophet. They loved each other dearly, and initially, they were overjoyed.
Gomer became pregnant with a son, Jezreel.
But after the birth, Gomer was restless, and it was clear that she wasn’t happy in her marriage. She ‘took a break’ by spending some time away from home, and it seemed that she was having an affair.
Once again, Gomer became pregnant, this time with a girl. God instructed that her name be Loruhamah, which meant “unloved,” and it seemed that she was the child of another man. Her name symbolized Israel’s departure from the love of God.
Soon after, Gomer gave birth to a second son, and God named him Lo-ammi; this signified “not my people,” once again symbolizing the way Israel had been alienated from the one true God.
Once again, the birth proved that Gomer was not being faithful to her husband. By now, everyone knew of her adultery. But Hosea still loved her deeply and he pleaded with her, and tried to make her stay with him.
She still ran off with her lovers, who promised her luxurious and material wealth. Although Hosea tried to stop her, and she did come back to him on numerous occasions, she always ended up leaving him for other men.
Finally, Gomer left for good, and Hosea’s heart ached.
He still loved her deeply, despite everything. God had told him to love her as He himself loved.
Hosea’s lover abandoned her, and she sold herself into the slave market.
Still, Hosea did not give up, and listened when God said to find her.
So, He searched incredibly hard so that he might find her.
He found, and bought her out of slavery. She was weak and disheveled, dirty and destitute.
He restored her as his wife, and—while there is nothing else in Scripture about them—we can assume that God made use of Hosea’s forgiveness to change Gomer’s life for the better.
As tragic as it may sound initially, this love story is used to signify how much God loves His children and serves as a lesson for us to never, never, never give up on love.
At any time, Hosea could have decided to leave Gomer, and never return.
But he didn’t. Instead, he kept going after her—looking for her, pleading with her, taking her away from her troubles.
He loved her so much that he didn’t want her to suffer, and he was willing to do anything for her.
That is true love—never giving up on someone you love, and always trying to do the right thing, even when countless others in your position would have turned their backs.
We can learn from Hosea’s love because it will strengthen us to love even more deeply and unconditionally.