Tuesday 19th November, 2019
Theme: From Pain To Gain
Passage: Hebrews 12:4-11
When God allows some things to happen to us or something comes our way, it is because He is our loving Father and knows what is best for us. No earthly parent prays that his/her child becomes wayward. Those whose children are wayward are in pains, sorrow and constant prayer for their change of heart. To ensure we raise Godly children we must chastise them when they go wrong, though they may think that their parents hate them.
The scripture emphasizes why Christians should cheerfully bear pains, because pains are designed for their refinement. Some people accept God’s discipline as an affliction to be struggled against in defiance not gratitude, while others accept it resignedly nursing the wrong impression it is a display of father’s power, rather than of a loving father. At times we see God as a wicked father on account of sins, His chastisement.
You must understand it is out of the Love God has for you as His son and you should endure them with faith, patience, total submission and perseverance. Know that God is righteous and gracious to see us through and give us our heavenly inheritance. Jesus said to the Church of Smyrna “… Be faithful even to the point of death and I will give you the crown of life (Rev 2:10).
MEMORY VERSE: 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.”
HYMN: MHB 525 -THROUGH the love of God our Saviour.
PRAYER: Help me to remain in the way of truth when being chastised because it is for my own good.
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