Hosea talked of the people of Israel and their relationship the Lord as being similar to a marriage, with the Lord being the faithful husband, and the children of Israel the wayward wife. He loves her always, but when she turns from her harloting he is able to provide more blessings. However, when we chase after other gods, our personal ability, our own intelligence, money, worldly possessions the Lord is unable to bless us.
The Lord paid for his wife, as he has paid the price for us all, and purchased us with the blood of the atonement.
1 Peter 1: 18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
Boyd K. Packer on repentancehttp://bcove.me/ku6kzkyt
Elder Shayne Bowen on reclaiming.
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is available to each of us. His Atonement is infinite. It applies to everyone, even you. It can clean, reclaim, and sanctify even you. That is what infinite means—total, complete, all, forever. President Boyd K. Packer has taught: “There is no habit, no addiction, no rebellion, no transgression, no apostasy, no crime exempted from the promise of complete forgiveness. That is the promise of the atonement of Christ” (“The Brilliant Morning of Forgiveness,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 20).
Just as the landfill requires dedicated work and attention, laboriously applying layer after layer of fill to reclaim the low-lying ground, our lives also require the same vigilance, continually applying layer after layer of the healing gift of repentance.May we wrap ourselves with the blanket of Jesus' love. He can comfort us, bring us hope and peace, and prepare us for exaltation.