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Daily Devotional | How to Live in God’s Grace While Accepting Correction

“So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”

Romans 11:5-6 (NIV)

How many parents withhold love from their children when they do wrong, but shower them in affection when they do something right?

Their love is dependent on the actions of their children, and therefore, their children grow up thinking that love should be held back from those who do wrong.

Yet, scripture tells us the opposite is true.

“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:”

Romans 5:20 (KJV)

Children in whom love has been withheld, tend to mature into adults who will do anything to please others.

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This inevitably becomes a hindrance to those who accept Christ as Savior because they may subconsciously seek to satisfy others, even when contrary to the Word of God.

However, God, in His infinite wisdom and mercy guides and corrects His children who yield to His authority.

“And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him.”

Hebrews 12:5-6 (ESV)
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Take Away

Parents are entrusted with the responsibility of correcting children who go astray.

Likewise, God’s Holy Spirit is tasked with rectifying His children to Himself.

God corrects us because He loves us and wants the best for us.

Yet, it is important that we do not confuse God’s correction with a lack of love.

God does not withhold love, and His Love is NOT dependent upon our actions.

God wants to show is who we are in Christ, the highest and truest version of ourselves.

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“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

Summary: Discipline does not mean love is withheld. In fact, when God disciplines us, it is because He loves us. Parents should carefully correct their children when they astray and Christians should do the same for one another. Correction from the Holy Spirit leads us to who we are in Christ and into God’s glory.

Reference List

English Standard Version Bible. (2001). ESV Online.

King James Bible. (20112. KJV Online.

New International Version Bible. (2001). NIV Online.

New International Version Bible. (2011). NIV Online.

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Much Love, many Blessings, Jesus is Lord.

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