One of the hardest things for most people to do is to discipline their children or young adults. Yet, it is one of the most important things that we do as parents or grandparents (on behalf of the parents). It shows consequences in small things. It shows boundaries. It shows right from wrong. It must be done in consistent and loving ways. You want them to learn a ‘life-lesson’. The same is true with God. He wants the best for us. He disciplines us because He loves us. It may be shown through His love in NOT giving us all that we have asked for. It may be in closing one opportunity only to open a better one someplace else. He does so to help us build faith and trust in Him. He does it so that we will grow with the blessings which He has already given to us. Thank Him for such love!
Please show this verse to friends, family, and co-workers in His Kingdom. Ask if they remember being disciplined as a child. Ask how that made them feel and if it had an impact on them later in life. Share with them the love that is required to discipline those we truly love. Tell them about the love of God and how He is trying to build us up on our faith. Remember to Take Time For God’s Word© often each day when you see or feel discipline happening, then think about this verse as “94:12” and reflect on the things God is trying to show you. I have seen this type of photo several times. I am always inspired by it. How a ring or a crown of thorns forms the outline of a heart through the open book pages from the Bible. We tend to see one thing but God has many other things going on in the world around us. We often need others to help us to see those things, too. So, be the friend to help others to see how God’s love and discipline can be used for good in their lives. They will be blessed by it and they will be a blessing to others because of it.`
Our prayers today extend to the many social causes or organizations which benefit so many with their acts of kindness… blood banks, mentoring programs, food programs for kids in schools, and so many more. Help to support these people or programs where you can. Use those introductions to extend the conversations to talk about the Good News of the Gospel. Even all of our best good works will not get us into heaven… yet, having a heart for the needs of others helps to talk about the love of Christ for them. They may be eternally grateful that you introduced them to the Savior. Share the Good News wherever you go. Stay blessed. Pass it on… and on!