Oh, how easy it would be for me to tell God to quit pointing out my faults. How easy it would be to tell Him to quit picking on me. How easy it would be to tell Him to leave me alone already and go point out somebody else’s. How easy it would be to tell Him to JUST LEAVE ME ALONE. Why doesn’t He ever quit picking on me? I could moan and complain. And I have done much of that whining – in the past. I have yet to meet anyone who is convicted as quickly, and as often, about one’s sins as I am by the Holy Spirit. Give me a break for once, God, I could yell at Him. Or I could beg Him to just give me a super long vacation from His chastening. But alas, I know better.
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God doesn’t convict us of our sin, and chasten us when we do wrong, because He hates us. He does it because He loves us. He is the perfect Father. He is perfectly holy, perfectly righteous, and He shows us our sins and the messes we make because He doesn’t want us to stay in them. He wants to refine us, to transform us, to grow us up in His image. He doesn’t want to leave us in the darkness. He wants us to live in the light where we can have fellowship with Him. He sits on His throne waiting for us to come to Him through our faith in Jesus Christ our advocate to seek and receive His mercy and forgiveness. Does it feel good to be made aware daily of my sins? No. Do I enjoy seeing where I fall short? Of course not. But now that I understand that God is chastening me because He loves me and wants me to love and serve Him with a pure heart and life, I realize the blessing in having a Father who loves me this much. God could have given up on me long ago. But instead, He sits on His throne in heaven daily extending to me His sovereign grace and His everlasting love.
If you’re tired of feeling like God is constantly picking on you for what you do wrong, go running to His mercy seat with a repentant heart, ask for and seek His forgiveness, and thank Him for being your perfect Father and for wanting you to be in fellowship with you.
4You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin;
5and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, “MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NORFAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM;
6FOR THOSEWHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.”
7It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11All 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. Hebrews 12:4-11 NASB
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from allbsin.
8If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-10 NASB
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