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January 10, 2014

Love can sometimes hurt

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NORMAN —

Love hurts.

Our discipline experiences shape us, drive us, motivate us and build character. Discipline, whether good or bad, forges the person we will eventually become. This is true in spiritual life, as well.

Even now, no matter your age, discipline continues to play an important role. The good news here is that this discipline from above is perfect, timely and will always have a purpose carefully tailored for you.

God loves you and knows that as His child, you will need special attention that requires discipline.

“For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and chastises every son whom he receives.” — Hebrews 12:6

God’s discipline is tailored for your good every time. God knows exactly when to administer discipline. He is always attentive to your needs. His discipline has purpose, having earthly and eternal ramifications.

“For they (earthly fathers) disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he (God) disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” — Hebrew 12:10-12

Experiencing God’s perfect discipline empowers you to rise above ugliness and have the means to focus on what is important.

“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.” — Hebrew 12:13

Yes, love hurts.

You may have painful memories and have experienced terrible abuse, but know that God’s discipline is perfect, timely and will always have a purpose carefully tailored for your good.

You are special and beautiful in His sight. Through His discipline you can overcome great obstacles to become focused and productive.

Are you resisting God’s loving disciplinary nudge?

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