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Sun, Sep 20 2015 - 06:31 AM



Sunday, September 20, 2015

Richard L. Deemy: Editor




Hebrews 12:5-7 And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you.  6  For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”  7 As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father?


How many of you are frustrated when something you said or did was misunderstood?  Don’t you think the Lord feels the same way?  So many Christians have the idea that when they receive a warning from the Word of God, which makes them uneasy or uncomfortable, they are being treated harshly.  They think these words of correction override the “grace” of God and do not represent His loving and kind nature.  This interpretation is of course untrue based on what the Apostle Paul reminds us in the opening passage.


When Jesus revealed his assessment of the Seven Churches in Asia Minor to the Apostle John, it was not in condemnation but rather his honest evaluation of their performance and what they could do to correct it.  Please be assured our Heavenly Father is NOT a child abuser!  He does not put sickness or tragedy upon us to “teach us a lesson.”


The purpose for warnings are expressions of love from the Lord to us.  Most often, He does it through His written Word or through His preachers and teachers.  Ephesians 4:11-12 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,


The response of the believer in sorrow and repentance is our expression of love and obedience toward God.  The end result is reconciliation and reward.  He rebukes those He loves.  It is actually loving advice, which saves us from destructive and negative behavior and draws us closer to Him in divine fellowship.


PRAYER:  Lord Jesus, I welcome your correction.  If there is anything in my life which is hindering my walk with you and Your response to me, please let me know it and I will repent in sorrow.  I love You so very much, the last thing I want is to be estranged from you through my disobedience.  Amen!

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