"Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent." Revelation 3:19 (NIV)
We as human beings don’t like being rebuked or disciplined. Punishment doesn’t come in a natural “oh, you want to punish me? sure” way. We go kicking and screaming – almost every time.
But God says he disciplines and rebukes those He loves. He knows what is better for us and guides us each day. We get to choose if we want to listen right off or go the other way. And when we do go the other way He “rebukes and disciplines.” Isn’t that just so much better than letting us go our own way (which, btw, would lead us straight to hell)?
How about you? Has God been rebuking you lately? What have you learned from that?