Sunday, July 16, 2017

A path after God's correction and discipline

A path after God's correction and discipline
S-Hebrews 12
 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. 11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way

12 So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. 13 Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.

14 Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. 15 Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. 16 Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal.

O -  I feel this is God's exhortation to us all after a season of trial and discipline.    We know He cares about us because He disciplines us, not because he removes all our pain and frustration.   He desires us to live a holy life, and while even amidst what we feel is the right thing,  when we begin departing from His holiness He disciplines and corrects us.  This is often painful , but as the scripture promises there is a peaceful harvest of right living in the end.

A -  The application for me comes in verses 12-16 - that I am to mark out a straight path after this season of correction and work at living in peace with everyone, work at living a holy life,  and watch out that I don't allow any poisonous root to grow into my life. 

P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for today's lesson, may it be sealed to my heart.   I pray this all in Jesus name, Amen.

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