Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


August 12, 2011

They are two little, but powerful words, and they have much to do with discipleship: AS and IF.


The Lord said to me, "Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites though they turn to other gods....
                                             - Hosea 3:1 TNIV

We learn about God's love here. "As the Lord loves the Israelites..." Like Hosea's wife, Israel is unfaithful, yet God continues to love her. Not only does God love "AS," God loves Israel AS IF--as if the people of God were royalty, rather than sinful wastrels. Loves AS IF --not so much what is, but what will become.

God loves us AS IF, for we are God's children, offspring, royalty!


Dale Patterson