Today's reading: Hosea 8-14
Take words with you and return to the Lord; say to him, "Take away all guilt; accept that which is good, and we will offer the fruit of our lips." Hosea 14: 2 NRSV
When you are first dating someone, all you see is the positive. You tend to overlook their weaknesses and those annoying things that will crop up in your relationship later on. In other words, you accept that which is good in the other person, overlooking the negative.
When we come before God, that is what we would like. Just as Hosea asks God to only see the good in the people by taking away their guilt, we want God to do the same for us. If only God would take away our sinfulness and all the bad feelings and thoughts we have. Then, God will only see our positive traits and the goodness in our hearts.
Once God sees our goodness alone, we can speak of God and verbally rejoice in God. This is the fruit of our lips: to glorify and praise God.
God, we give you the praise and the glory. We know you can take away our sin and all of our guilt. We ask you to do so now. Help us not to wallow in our past mistakes, but to be able to bear the fruit of our lips for your sake. See only the good in us, God! In Jesus' name. Amen
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims