1 Peter 1:16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
Sounds like a threat right? – To be morally perfect, free from sin, and set apart for special use. But to someone who knows the love of God, it turns into an encouragement. Let me explain.
I was pleasantly shocked when my 10yr old son came downstairs about an hour after the confiscation of his phone. He came and gave me a warm hug, and said, “I love you mamma”. My heart melted. I knew the Lord granted this wisdom to my child – for him to know my following through with chastening, came from love.
My son demonstrated this next verse well.
Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Seeing this complete improvement in my son’s attitude, made me so proud. I’m thankful that the Lord gives me the opportunity to participate in training him and our other kids in righteousness. As I love my children, I pray for God to help me guide and encourage them in the ways of Jesus.
Father God’s love for us is so much stronger than ours for our own kids. Can you imagine the joy and glory we will bring to Him, when we’re brought into eternity? What a wonderful transition from our lowest point!
Our Heavenly Father is faithful. He is the One leading, chastening, training, testing, and growing us.
Let’s share in the apostle Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians, and receive it’s blessings.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.
Thank-you Father, You are my Deliverer and Guide into eternity! Help me to seek You every step of the way. Remind me to have peace and joy through the trials, as you shape and mould me to be like You. ~Amen
For more on chastening of the Lord – temporary pain for eternal gain, see Praising God Through the Pain and Suffering”
Other reference verses:
1 John 3:1-10
2 Peter 1:5,7