I have a quote from Abraham Lincoln in my office it says, “I don’t like that man, I must get to know him.” Just the other day one of the ladies shared a story with me about getting to know a fellow coworker, and how that interaction changed her mind about this person. A new coworker joined the team and she was shy and quiet, that obviously meant that she was unfriendly in the eyes of some. A veteran member of the team was assigned to train her, and soon found out the assumption of her being unfriendly was false. The young lady was quite but very friendly. I am reminded of just how much God loves us. He sent Jesus to us while we were still living a life apart from Him; while we were still trying to figure things out on our own. In fact, the one who created us gave us the rare opportunity to know ourselves, through Him. He told Gideon in Judges 6:12 that he was a mighty man of valor. He called David in Acts 13:22 a man after mine own heart; in Matthew 16:18 He tells Peter that he is a rock that his church will be built on. God continues to tell us about ourselves even when we fall short. He is there to remind us ultimately of who we are, who we were created to be. Understanding that we have the privilege of choosing who we will follow in life is truth, and with truth there is always revelation; you see, the new coworker just needed to be given the grace to be herself, and the truth would eventually be revealed. Truth is, Love (God) formulated an opinion based on His willingness to forgive us; this is evident in the book of Hosea. The book of Hosea is like a love letter from God showing us the revelation of who we are, and despite knowing who we are, God persist in wooing us back to Him; because of his great love for us. If we take time out to get to know Him, and to listen to the truth about who we are. While taking an honest look at our lives and the condition of ourselves along with the many choices we make that exclude God. While He is still standing by cheering us on, waiting patiently for us to hear the still small voice of love and acceptance that comes with an intimate relationship with Him. Therefore, before we formulate an opinion on just one side of God; the God of judgment, let’s get to know the God of mercy. So, we can grow to understand that He loves us so much that even though we face the consequences of our actions He is still gracious enough to walk with us through it. Love does not just share its great gift only if we are friendly, true love dares to love you even when we are not. The book of Hosea ends with these words of reconciliation they are as follows: “Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them. So today can we say I don’t know if I like this Jesus, let me get to know Him, a relationship with Jesus Christ will change your life, in fact you will become a new creation.