Hosea had an unfaithful wife whom he forgave. He saw in his relationship with her an example of the way God relates to us when we are unfaithful: “Thus says the Lord: ‘I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart. She shall respond there as in the days of her youth, when she came up from the land of Egypt. On that day,’ says the Lord, ‘she shall call me My husband, and never again My baal. I will espouse you to me forever; I will espouse you in right and injustice, in love and in mercy; I will espouse you in fidelity, and you shall know the Lord’” (Hos 2).
God expects us to be humble when he leads us back from our wanderings. It is he who does the removing of our faults; our part is to cooperate. It is neither humble nor realistic to think that we can make ourselves perfect. When he leads us through our moral inventory he invites us to surrender to his grace. This alone can remove our defects and prepare us for closer union with him.
Yours is the power and the glory, Lord. Your grace is the remedy for my soul and the credit for my healing of spirit is yours. I place myself in your hands.