“All those I love, I rebuke and discipline.” — Rev 3:19 NET
“My son, do not scorn the Lord’s discipline or give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and chastises every son he accepts.”—As a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.—He wounds, but he also bandages; he strikes, but his hands also heal.—And God will exalt you in due time, if you humble yourselves under his mighty hand.—“I have purified you in the furnace of misery.”
For he is not predisposed to afflict or to grieve people.—He does not deal with us as our sins deserve; he does not repay us as our misdeeds deserve. For as the skies are high above the earth, so his loyal love towers over his faithful followers. As far as the eastern horizon is from the west, so he removes the guilt of our rebellious actions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on his faithful followers. For he knows what we are made of; he realizes we are made of clay.
Heb 12:5-6, Prov 3:12, Job 5:18, 1 Pet 5:6, Isa 48:10, Lam 3:33, Ps 103:10-14
God is in heaven and you are on earth! Therefore, let your words be few. — Eccl 5:2 NET
“When you pray, do not babble repetitiously like the Gentiles, because they think that by their many words they will be heard. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
They invoked the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “Baal, answer us.”
“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: ’God, I thank you that I am not like other people: extortionists, unrighteous people, adulterers – or even like this tax collector…. The tax collector, however, stood far off and would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ’God, be merciful to me, sinner that I am!’ I tell you that this man went down to his home justified rather than the Pharisee.”
“Lord, teach us to pray.”
Matt 6:7-8, 1 Kgs 18:26, Luke 18:10-11, Luke 18:13-14, Luke 11:1
Daily Light on the Daily Path - June 30
Public domain content taken from Daily Light on the Daily Path by Samuel Bagster.