The alternative to discipline is disaster.
From 1 Corinthians 9:24-25: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one.”
God is not running an antique shop! He is making all things new.
From Isaiah 40:28-29: “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.”
I still believe we ought to talk about Jesus. The old country doctor of my boyhood days always began his examination by saying, “Let me see your tongue.” That’s a good way to check a Christian: the tongue test. Let’s hear what he is talking about.
From Proverbs 10:14: “The wise lay up knowledge, but the babbling of a fool brings ruin near.”
Our Lord is the Bread of Life. His proportions are perfect. There never was too much or two little of anything about Him. Feed on Him for a well-balanced ration. All the vitamins and calories are there.
From John 6:35: “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
It takes calm, thoughtful, prayerful meditation on the Word to extract its deepest nourishment.
From Joshua 1:8: “This book of law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it.”
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The Grace of God transcends all our feeble efforts to describe it. It cannot be poured into any mental receptacle without running over.
From Romans 8:35, 37: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? No, in all these things, we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.”
No journey is complete that does not lead through some dark valleys. We can properly comfort others only with the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.
From Psalm 94:19: “When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”