THOUGHT: STROKES OF LOVE!
son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be
weary of His correction: For whom the LORD loveth He correcteth;
even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. Proverbs
month's devotion deals with chastening. God's hand only
yields gentle strokes of love (although it may not feel
like it some times). When you feel His chastening rod, be
reminded that He is favoring you. He is thinking of you
in love. He loves you too much to let you go on in your
own way. He cares for you too much to sit idly by and let
you move uninhibited into destruction. So remember: He strokes
us in love when we're chastened. What a precious thought!
wondrous love, how can it be, That God would care to chasten
could just let me go astray, Do as I please and lose my
He constrains and loves me so; With love that will not let
He does this so I'll be blessed; May I repent with gratefulness.
is man, that Thou art mindful of him? Hebrews 2:6
by PameLa Bates © 1998 Pretty Personal Poetry