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Those Whom I Love

March 12, 2017

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Those Whom I Love

How many times  have we heard  John 3:16,

For God so loved  the world,  that He gave His only begotten Son,  that whoever believes  in Him  shall not perish,  but have  eternal life.

In all  of God’s  “love”  for us,  we experience hardships  of every sort,  sickness,  job loss,   you name it.     Why do we experience  all this  if God loves us?     Revelation 3:19  tells us,

Those whom I love,  I reprove  and discipline;  therefore  be zealous  and repent.

It’s because  God loves us  sinners.     We are not behaving perfectly,  as God’s children should.     Much rather,  we are  in great need  of God’s  “discipline”  to help us grow up rightly  —  as God’s children  should grow up  —  in faith,  hope,  and love.     More than anything,  we need  to learn  to have faith  in God’s saving love  through Christ Jesus.     No matter what is happening,  we need  to learn  to put our hope  in God’s proven love  for us.     And,  above all,  we need to grow up  in knowing how great God’s  “love”  for us  is.

This is why  Hebrews 12:11  comforts and sympathizes  with us  by saying,

All discipline  for the moment  seems not  to be joyful,   but sorrowful;    yet to those  who have been trained by it,   afterwards it yields  the peaceful fruit  of righteousness.

When we accept  God’s loving “discipline”,  we will be  “trained by it”.     As we are  “trained”,  we will begin  to have  “the peaceful fruit  of righteousness”.     We will soon have  the joy  of God’s  “righteousness”  bestowed on us  through Christ’s forgiving love.

Instead of depending  on our own might,  strength,  and goodness,  we will learn  to humbly accept  Jesus’  “righteousness”.     That will bring a true peace  because Jesus’  “righteousness”  is totally pure,  holy,  and true.

We need  to zealously  “repent”  of our pride  in imagining  that we could be good  enough for heaven  all by our weesome.     Our goodness wreaks of sin.     Only being covered  in Jesus’ goodness  can we be seen  as good enough  for heaven.

So glad  that Jesus still loves us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for disciplining us  in Your truths.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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