While having some causal conversations with fellow believers recently on the expression of God's love and how it is in harmony with God's fatherly disciplining, I have the following thoughts which I would like to share.
Do we believe that God loves us? Do I believe that God loves me? Why? Is our belief based on God's character which is love? Or is our belief based on external factors such as circumstances, other than God Himself? Here is the catch, circumstance changes but God does not. Do we believe that God loves us only when we have all the good things in life? Or do we believe firmly that God truly loves and cares for us, despite the situations we may be in?
So I ask you, do you praise God only when He blesses you with material blessings or forms of blessings which you may dictate? Or do you pray, like Job did, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised." (Job 1:21) Do I really trust in God and believe that He loves me so much? Romans 5:8 says, "God shows and clearly proves His love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Look no further then, the crucified Lord is all we need to know that He truly loves us.
But what about disciplining? Hebrews 12:8 says that "If you are never disciplined (and every child must be disciplined), then you are illegitimate children and not children of God." While we know that it is never a comfortable experience to be undergoing disciplinary actions, we need to understand that God disciplines us because He loves us. We may not like disciplinary actions, but it remains that He loves us. If we know in our hearts that we ought to discipline our children because we love them and hold them so dearly, how much more would our Father in Heaven?
The bottom line is, is our view and perception of God accurate or are we making an idol out of our wishful thinking of what God should be like? God is love, and love disciplines and seeks to correct so that we will not wander down the path of death.
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