...is when the tunes playing inside my head,
turn out to be the LORD trying to tell me something...
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Been thinking a lot about tough love lately. And it seems to me that the place for tough love is for the unrepentant, the one who is stubbornly going on in their course - the one who hates correction.
But I have most often been seeing it leveled against the hurting, the anguished, the victim, the prisoner - the one who longs to live right, to be free, but who feels completely enmeshed in the spider's web of sin, and about to be finished off by the spider.
And instead of receiving comfort, empathy, or encouragement - they are slapped upside the head and told to stop the pity party - straighten up! stop wallowing there! if you really wanted to be free, you'd be free already.
It is GOD's kindness, Paul tells us in Romans, that draws us to repentance - not HIS harshness. And Galatians 6:1 tells us to restore the sinning brothers with a spirit of gentleness.
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