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Psalm 51:8 (NIV)
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Psalm 51:8 (GNT) / for meditation purposes
Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness;
and though you have crushed me and broken me,
I will be happy once again.
I have learned that if it wasn’t for God’s firm, but always loving hand of discipline in my life, I would have strayed from Him, or at least strayed from His purposes for me. So, until I reach the point of not ever needing His correction, (ha! as if that day will ever come!), I will thank Him for loving me that much.
What about you?
- What are some of the ways God has disciplined you? Were you able to discern His love and compassion even while being disciplined? (Click on the comment link to read a little about one of the times I experienced God’s discipline.)
- Once you repented of your sin, were you able to enjoy a deeper appreciation of God’s love? Did you grow to also appreciate the standards He was calling you to?
Just as our earthly parents often hate to enforce disciplinary actions, our heavenly Father loves us enough to allow us to experience consequences of our sins so we will learn from and regret our choices. Thank God (literally!).
I’m here if you need me. You can use a pseudonym if you want to share a little about your struggle (via the comment link). I’d be honored to pray with you.
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