You can find the monotheistic God of the Bible describing his love and faithfulness towards his people, in the face of his people’s rejection and faithlessness in him, in pluralistic ways all-throughout the Old Testament. But when it comes to driving this point home, if I were to think of one book of the Old Testament in particular…I’d think of Hosea! The book of Hosea describes something that only an individual who has loved another, with a deep and sincere love, can understand. When it comes to sin many people think of God’s anger and judgment (and rightly so in many circumstances), but there are times replete when God reveals that our sins grieve him at his heart with a pain that is brought on by the feeling of betrayal! But despite that, the Lord returns faithfulness for unfaithfulness in order that we may see that godliness contains a love that not only wants the best, it gives the best chance for another opportunity, through grace, to return the love that has been so freely made available. The consequences of sin are real, but so is the faithfulness of the grace that deals with it.
“For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 100:5 – ESV)