This is my favorite Old Testament book. I agree with you that here Yahweh reveals His passion
and love for the people He has chosen. One of my favorite verses is Hosea 9:10:
"When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the desert; when I saw your ancestors, it was like seeing the early fruit on the fig tree. But when they came to Baal Peor, they consecrated themselves to that shameful idol and became as vile as the thing they loved." Also in Hosea 11:3-4, we see the LORD's posture toward Israel as He took them to Himself.
It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
taking them by the arms;
but they did not realize
it was I who healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness,
with ties of love.
To them I was like one who lifts
a little child to the cheek,
and I bent down to feed them.
This is so encouraging to me and helps me better understand Jesus' parable of the Prodigal son. Indeed,
God is in love with His people, and this makes life worth living on the toughest days. Of course, the devil
is always telling us the opposite, but he is a liar.
It is so much easier to serve God because of love rather than duty. Indeed, the more we understand His love,
the more we can love.