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Return to be near Him

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He met Him in Bethel, and there [God] spoke with [him and through him with] us–[Gen. 28:12-19; 32:28; Gen. 35:1-15.] Even the Lord the God of hosts, the name of Him [Who spoke with Jacob] is the Lord. Therefore return to your God! Hold fast to love and mercy, to righteousness and justice, and wait [expectantly] for your God continually! (Hosea 12:3-6 AMP)

When God speaks with us, He speaks to future generations. Jacob (renamed Israel) met God and built an altar at Bethel. So his story was told by him to his children and theirs and on down. It wasn't a story of a battle or a hero. It was a story of a man spoken to by a tender God. It's the same story passed down today. We are spoken to by a loving, merciful God. It's our story to share.

The reason it's worth sharing is that God wants us back near Him. And the qualities we'll have are first of all love and mercy. Those are the priorities for Him, mentioned first. Love has it's definition in 1 Corinthians 13...patient, kind, unselfish and more. Love is the most beautiful piece of spiritual clothing we can wear. Then mercy is not giving someone trouble they deserve. It's kindness, compassion and forgiveness. These two qualities are warm and gracious.

Righteousness and justice are a part of living clean and pure. It's mimicking a perfect God and one who gives justice to widows and orphans and those in need. God is holy but He cares for the humble, hurting and small and listens to their plea.

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