“I will love them freely.” Hosea 14:4
This is a condensed version of the glorious message of salvation which was delivered to us in Christ Jesus our Redeemer. It hinges upon the word “freely.” This is the glorious, the suitable, the divine way by which love streams from heaven to earth, a spontaneous love flowing to those who neither deserved it, purchased it, nor sought it. It is, indeed, the only way in which God can love us as we are.
The text is a death-blow to all sorts of conditions: “I will love them freely.” Now, if there were any fitness necessary in us, then he would not love us freely, at least, this would be a mitigation and a drawback to the freeness of it. But it stands, “I will love you freely.”
We complain, “Lord, my heart is so hard.”
“I will love you freely.”
“But I do not feel my need of Christ as I would like.”
“”I will not love you because you feel your need; I will love you freely.”
“But I do not feel that softening of spirit which I desire.”