Monday, January 12, 2009

He Who Has Deserved A Hanging!

"The Lord disciplines the one He loves, and
punishes every son whom He receives."
Hebrews 12:6

"Why should any living man complain--when
punished for his sins?" Lamentations 3:39

He who has deserved a hanging--has no
reason to charge the judge with cruelty--if
he escapes with a whipping!

And we who have deserved a damning--have
no reason to charge God for being too severe
--if we escape with a fatherly lashing!

"God disciplines us for our good---that we
may share in His holiness." Hebrews 12:10

("The Mute Christian Under the Smarting Rod" by Thomas Brooks, 1659, London.)

Friends, if you are going through a time of discipline, or chastisement, remember what we deserve! When the loving hand of God puts us through the refining fires to try our faith that is of greater worth than gold, don't forget that we deserve eternal fire!

He is full of compassion and mercy!! If discipline is necessary - then it is necessary. If chastisement is required - then it is required. Remember, God is not like many earthy fathers who vent their frustration through the means of an uncontrolled whipping with the belt. He is patient, slow to anger and abounding in much love! And the intent of such fatherly instruction is for the eternal good of our souls!

Don't forget friends, the words of Abraham: Will not the Lord of all the earth do right?

His discipline and chastisement is always right, and good - given to us for our benefit, instruction and growth!

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows" and discipline is but one of the many good and perfect gifts He lovingly gives us!


Shannon Jacobyansky said...

James 1:17 is one of my favorite verses! I just read Hebrews 12:10 verse this morning!

Omah's Helping Hands said...

This is very good Sam. It's funny how our two posts coincide with one another to some degree. I love the way He works through people. His timing is always perfect.

I'm praying many people come to read your blog and are touched. Looking forward to reading more of your inspriations.

NayLahKnee said...

Well Omah - your prayers were answered. Here I am Lord! Use me as you will. Bless you Sam.