How do you love people back to God when it seems they don’t want to be loved?
HESED - “the self-devoting, nestling love of Israel to its God”
Abandonment - Jeremiah 2:13
Jeremiah 2:20 NLT - 20 “Long ago I broke the yoke that oppressed you and tore away the chains of your slavery, but still, you said, ‘I will not serve you.’On every hill and under every green tree, you have prostituted yourselves by bowing down to idols.
Unfaithfulness - Jeremiah 2:20
Jeremiah 3:12 NLT - 12 Therefore, go and give this message to Israel. This is what the Lord says: “O Israel, my faithless people, come home to me again, for I am merciful. I will not be angry with you forever.
Love that forgives and forgets
Jeremiah 3:14-15 NLT - 14 “Return home, you wayward children,” says the Lord,“for I am your master. I will bring you back to the land of Israel—one from this town and two from that family—from wherever you are scattered. 15 And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will guide you with knowledge and understanding.
Love that returns and restores
Jeremiah 3:22 NLT - 22 “My wayward children,” says the Lord, “come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.” Yes, we’re coming,” the people reply, “for you are the Lord our God.
Love that prevails and never fails
Unrequited Love: How do you love people back to God when it seems they don’t want to be loved?
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NLT - 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!