7/30: It’s Because I Love You

Think back on how many times we disobeyed our parents or did something wrong when we were kids and got caught. In most homes, when that happened, there were consequences. Maybe we got a spanking, perhaps we were sent to our room for a “time out,” or it could have been that we were given some extra chores. Whatever the case, if our wrong was discovered, we were straightened out.

The wonderful thing about being corrected by loving parents, though, came after the confrontation ended. When we acknowledged our wrong, the tension passed, our parents forgave us, and the relationship was restored. We could smile upon seeing one another and enjoy being in the same room. Even though our parents had to correct and discipline us, they never gave up on us, and they never stopped loving us. In fact, it was because they loved us that they pointed out our wrong and encouraged us to change. We were chastised but never forsaken.

Psalm 89:30-34 says, “If his sons forsake My law and do not walk in My judgments, if they break My statutes and do not keep My commandments, then I will punish their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless My lovingkindness I will not utterly take from him, nor allow My faithfulness to fail. My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips” (NKJ).

Our disobedience will bring about punishment from our loving God because He cares enough to stop us from acting a fool. In order for us to make the necessary changes, our thoughts and practices that are incompatible with His ways must be pointed out to us. It is simply backward to contend that we are not loved by the people who point out our sin. To the contrary, the unloving ones are those who encourage us to embrace our sinful nature and applaud it as okay. In fact, God warns that He will allow us to succumb to a reprobate of debased mind void of the knowledge of Him if we insist upon practicing such things and approving of others who practice them as well. (See Romans 1:28-32.)

Still, even if He has to rebuke us harshly, He will faithfully remain our Father. He will never break His covenant with us to Sovereignly and Divinely parent us through this life. It’s because God does love us that He’s given us His will through His Word. And it’s because our Christian parents, our Christian family members, our pastors, and our Christian friends love us that they share the uncompromising Word of God with us, which sometimes means they have to tell us we are wrong.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 

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~ by sanewriter on July 30, 2013.

One Response to “7/30: It’s Because I Love You”

  1. I love you Lord. Thank you for the blood that you shed on Calvary for a sick, sick soul like me.

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