Monday, February 20, 2012

Writing on the walls-From Hebrews 12

3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or efainthearted. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
6 For hthe Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”

7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, jin which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to kthe Father of spirits land live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, mthat we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields othe peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

This passage is the source of great comfort as we walk in the way. If we will let it we will be touched in that place where bone and marrow meet and be changed in our attitudes today. Even for those who did not receive discipline from their earthly fathers, there is hope in knowing that the Father of Lights sends down his good teaching and even punishment when we go astray. He loves us that much. I am praying I will not falter in my teaching of the young life God has entrusted to our parentage, and that she will grow to glorify the Savior she loves in all that she attempts in this world.

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