“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”
Hebrews 12:5, 6 KJV
When I worked in the nursing home, I used to hear the residents talking about going out to the woodshed to be spanked when they were children. I don’t know about you but I’ve been in God’s woodshed and He has applied His rod of correction to my heart when I did something I shouldn’t have done.
Just because I write devotions doesn’t mean I never say things or think things I shouldn’t say or think. I don’t always love everyone unconditionally as Jesus has commanded. However, before you judge me, search your own heart. Can you honestly say you always love everyone unconditionally?
It hurts me to know that there are times when I make God unhappy but every time He has corrected me, He has always told me that He still loves me. Parents should take a lesson from our Heavenly Father and tell their children they are still loved even when they disobey and have to be punished.
Heavenly Father, thank You for being a loving compassionate and forgiving Father. It breaks my heart to know that there are times when I have hurt You. Please forgive me. I never want to make You unhappy. I love You, dear Father and I appreciate all You have done for me. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.
Joanne LoweSeptember 20, 2017