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KS Director of Ethics and Compliance Keith Cureton encourages us during this Lenten Season to reflect on ke Akua’s ultimate act of redeeming love found in John 3:16.

Lent week two:  God’s redeeming love

Mar. 11, 2022

Kamehameha Schools has created a series of Hawaiian-focused devotionals for the season of Lent, to honor the deep Christian faith of KS founder Princess Bernice Pauahi Pākī Bishop. The devotionals were designed to be used by students, staffers and others to celebrate the coming of Easter.

Heluhelu Baibala
Bible reading

No ka mea, ua hoolilo mai la oia ia ia, ka mea hala ole, i mohaihala no kakou, i lilo ai kakou i poe pono i ke Akua ma ona la. No ka mea, o ka hana ana i keia oihana ka mea e pau ai ka nele o ka poe haipule; aole ia wale no, ka mea hoi ia e mahuahua ai ka hoomaikai nui aku i ke Akua. – Korineto II 5:21, 9:12

God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteous of God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. – Corinthians 5:21, 9:12

He manaʻo o ka limahana
KS Director of Ethics and Compliance Keith Cureton

Many years ago, my wife and I read a novel by Francine Rivers titled “Redeeming Love.” In January of this year, a movie was released based on the book. It is a powerful love story set in the harsh uncertainties of the California Gold Rush. The book was based on the Old Testament story of the minor profit, Hosea. God often used prophets for more than just proclaiming the word of God to His people. He sometimes used them as living object lessons.

In this Old Testament book, the prophet Hosea responds to the request of God to marry a local prostitute, Gomer, and to love her unconditionally. The object lesson was God’s illustration of His relationship with the people of Israel. God was bringing attention to the fact that Israel was an adulterous people, but He chose to love them anyway. Much like the way God pursued the Israelites, Hosea chased after his unfaithful spouse, forgiving, and restoring her time and time again.

Although this object lesson was recorded thousands of years ago, we too share in this amazing love story. During this Lenten Season let us reflect on God’s ultimate act of redeeming love (John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life).

Pule
Mahalo ke Akua for your love for us which is unearned and undeserved. May we find our identity in you, as loved children of God. We mahalo you for while we are often unfaithful you continually pursue us with your redeeming love. ‘Amene.



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