Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/24/13

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
Jesus risenand do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as a son.”
   (Hebrews 12:5-6)

We worship the Lord, and we seek to live good and godly lives, to be kind and loving, yet at times it seems our own unrighteousness and sinfulness is brought right before our face. The Holy Spirit holds it out to us as a rebuke and we shrink back under conviction. We feel chastened and struggle against the sinfulness that plagues us. But take heart and do not turn away for the Lord is for us, not against us, for the Lord trains those He loves. It is assurance that you are a child of God and dearly loved. For the Lord wishes us to submit to Him, to endure discipline and correct our faults, to learn to always in all circumstances, good and bad, to turn to Him, to come as a child to its Father, and embrace Him.

May the Lord’s love for you be evident in every circumstance.

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