“I have been tough with you because you needed this correction,” the Lord spoke to my heart. “I have corrected you. What will you do? Repent and GO FORWARD.” He was not finished. He told me some more and then this. “And do not look to yesterday at what you did wrong, but be thankful I have forgiven you and now go forward IN MY LOVE.”
We talk about tough love between humans when the need arises, but what about the Lord? Does He give tough love sometimes? Oh, yes! Read the Bible from start to finish and you will most assuredly see. But don’t miss the most important aspects of God’s tough love. First, He gives it because He is Lord and we are to love and obey Him. Second, He gives it because He loves us and wants us in intimate forever fellowship with Him and wants to bless us in this relationship through our obedience.
Jesus Christ is not only Lord. He is also our Father in heaven. God manifests Himself as our Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And, in His fullness, He is our heavenly Father. And the Bible makes clear His chastening and correction are borne of His love for us as His children.
Oh, Lord, help us to love and obey you. Correct us when we need correction. Remind us of your love for sometimes when you chasten us we forget your amazing love for us. Please help us when you lead us to repentance to seek and receive your forgiveness and to not look back at our wrongs but to go forward in love for and obedience to you most gracious and beloved Father and Lord. AMEN!
And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
““My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”
If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:5-11