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  1. In studying this portion of the lesson this week I'm reminded of Paul's counsel to the Hebrews (12:5-10) where he lay God's intentions out in plain, graphic language which many of us may have overlooked. Notice:

    "And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness."

    This, of course, is divine rebuke and chastisement, not human. When we have God generated love, produced by the indwelling Holy Spirit, that love will evidence itself in many ways, including , but no limited to, "Loving Rebuke."

    Without that love, all too often we transfer our own disdain for another's action or word back to them in some sort of scathing rebuke WITHOUT appropriate "Tears in (our) voice."

  2. One of the problems that has plagued our society today is that often people are afraid to tell the truth because they want to be "politically correct." Instead of calling sin by its rightful name, we often try to use euphemisms to describe sin, and this is hurting our course. As Christians we have to be polite and considerate, but we do not have to go with the flow and accept popular culture that is against the teachings of God.

    In my personal life, it is the people who have had a straight talk with me and pointed out my flaws in a loving Christian way that have helped me most. I am grateful to people who see a fault in my life and without beating around the bush clearly point out that fault to me and offer ways to help me correct that fault. As the world is getting more and more secular, it is our duty to remain true to our course and call sin by its rightful name without compromise. That is the mark of a true believer.


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