My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. (Proverbs 3:11-12)
Today's Morsel: When you were a child and your parents were about to spank you, did they ever say to you, "This is going to hurt me more then it's going to hurt you?" I use to think, "How can it hurt them more than me. I'm the one getting the whipping." God corrects us through His Word. This is why many times in church, when the Word is preached, it exposes our inward thoughts and actions, or the wrong deeds we've done, and we feel a deep sense of remorse and it causes us to repent. The writer of Hebrews informs us, "And we 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. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?"Hebrews 12:5-9). Therefore, we need disciplining and reprimanding for our wrong. Solomon tells us, "Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell"(Proverbs 23:13-14). When we truly love our children as God loves us, we will correct them so that they are being bent in the right direction. Moses told the children of Israel, "For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt" (Deuteronomy 7:6-8). When we are born into the family of God, we can expect correction to come from our heavenly Father, Jesus, when we do wrong. And there is no respecter of persons, we will all receive His correction.
Sing: Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so, little to ones to Him belong, they are weak, but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, for the Bible tells me so.