Sometimes Love Hurts
For whom the LORD loves He chastens...
The moment after a child is corrected, they usually don't want to hear, "I love you." To immature ears, the sentiment sounds insincere. Perspective makes all the difference. As adults, we get it. But do we understand our heavenly Father's discipline?
A. W. Tozer illustrates God's loving correction:
"He may sometimes chasten us, it is true, but even this He does with a smile, the proud, tender smile of a Father who is bursting with pleasure over an imperfect but promising son who is coming every day to look more and more like the One whose child he is."
The story of the prodigal son illustrates how love can hurt. While only one son is called the prodigal, both sons were lost. One was lost in a distant land and the other at home. But God loved both. This story about a human father and his sons tells an even greater story about our heavenly Father's love for all lost sons and daughters.
Jesus looks down through time to this very moment and His eyes meet yours: Which son represents you in this story? He wants you to know the result is the same... God loves you.
"Look beyond the rod to the All-wise hand that wields it!"