Some of you may have to go way back in your memory banks to recall a time when you had to be corrected or punished. Maybe you were a child and your parents had to sit you down, point out an area of disobedience, and then hand out some form of discipline. However, for others of us, perhaps it hasn’t been that long ago when we had to face some form of correction; and the parent involved was God Himself.
Scripture is very honest when it says, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful” (Hebrews 12:11). It hurts, it’s embarrassing, and we have to give up our way. But, just as a parent corrects a child for their own benefit, so God corrects us.
My wife and I were blessed with two wonderful daughters who only on relatively rare occasions needed some discipline. When those times arose, we did our best to make the correction while at the same time reinforcing our never-ending love for them. Here again, God does the same. Listen to His words; perhaps some of you need to hear His reassurance today.
“I will punish their sin with the rod, their iniquity with flogging; but I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness” (Psalm 89:32-33).
Remember, His discipline may come – but His love and faithfulness toward us will never go. –Dave
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