Hosea 9:1 Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: For thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, Thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor.
This passage of Scripture is pretty horrible. God wanted Israel to know that they shouldn’t be too happy. They should realize that He knows that they are doing wrong. They have committed spiritual adultery. They have been doing wrong by loving other gods and serving them. God compares this to adultery because they were loving and giving their love to another instead of Him.
He is their God. He is Israel’s husband. They should have been loyal to God. They should have saved their love for the Lord Himself.
This same truth is taught for us in James 4:4. We are not to love the world and the whole system that raises up itself against our God. If we choose to love the world then we are not loving God but becoming His enemy.
God counts our love as special and not to be thrown around lightly.