- So, we can post text at the head of the page that stays stuck there with teh chat box below. We could put our premise for a debate up top, and then start debating away. That way, everyone could see what got it all started etc…
This one may aggravate some folks. I hope not, but we’ll see. The passage is from Ephesians 1:17-23.
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
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11 My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord Or loathe His reproof,12 For whom the Lord loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
Proverbs 3:11-12 (NASB)
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
2 Timothy 3:16
Are you perfect? Do you always make the right choice? Do you make mistakes? If you are a human being, and truthful, the answers to the three question above should be No, No, Yes. If you gave different answers then congratulations at accomplishing something only one other person in recorded history was able to do; live flawlessly.
For the rest of us, we sometimes need correction. For some of us, the memories of a parent correcting them is not one of love, but one of pain and anguish. For others correction was never offered so recognizing it is sometimes difficult. In both cases the idea of a loving father disapproving of what is being done (i.e. how someone is living their life) does not conjure the idea of ‘love’ being behind the correction, but rather rage, hate, loathing, or some other undesirable motivation is envisioned.
God does not correct His children, us, from a position of anything but love. The scripture for this devotional says that outright. If you have identified God’s hand in your life chastising or correcting you in some way you should rejoice for it is done out of an abundance of love for you, His child.
Forget the action and the chastisement for a minute. God loves you, personally, enough to take time out of His activities to comment on your life. He is interested in you. He thinks you are great and has decided to include you in His plan, so He is presenting you with a nudge to come more alongside what He is doing so you can spend more time with Him. Why is God spending His time on you? Because He thinks You Are Worthy.
Questions for Reflection
- Is God’s decision to spend time helping you with your life a good decision or a bad one? Why or why not?
- Do you believe God can present reproofs for actions in someone’s life and do so because He loves them? Why or why not?
- What should be done concerning an activity once someone has identified the reproof of God concerning that activity?
You are not trash. You are not wasted. You are not broken. You are loved. You are pursued. You are wanted, because God says You Are Worthy.
This devotion relates to the scripture used in the book You Are Worthy by Mark Malcolm, coming to Kindle soon. To be kept up to date on the release of this, and other writings from The Cavalier, join us on Facebook HERE or follow us on Twitter @FirstChevalier.