Tough Love?

There is a misunderstanding in the church that Jesus only gently loves everyone, all the time.

What do we know through His Word?

We know He always comforts us when we’re broken.

He also breaks us when we resist Him.

Is He always loving?

Yes, on both counts.

Throughout their history, Israel suffered greatly when they went their own way. God even turned them over to their enemies for punishment.

Ananias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Spirit and died. Acts 5:1-11

“He who spares his rod hates his son: but he who loves him, chastens him quickly.” Proverb 13:24

“What will you have? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?” 1 Cor 4:21

“(5) You have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to children, My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are rebuked by Him: (6) for whom the Lord loves He chastens and scourges every son whom He receives. (7) If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father does not chasten? (8) But if you are without chastisement, of which all are sharers, then are you bastards, and not sons. (9) Furthermore we have had earthly fathers who corrected us, and we reverenced them: shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live? (10) For they certainly for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but He does it for our profit, that we might be sharers of His holiness. (11) Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to them who are exercised by it.” (Heb 12:5-11)

 

Both inside and outside the faith, God comforts the broken in His grace, but breaks those who resist Him by the law of His tough love.

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