In Hebrews, the writer tells us this, '"My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and punishes everyone he accepts as a son." Endure hardship as discipline; God is testing you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his Father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!' (Hebrews 12 v 5 – 9) He goes on to say that God disciplines us for our good and that it should produce a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Israel were also disciplined by God. God handed Israel over to invaders and took away their crops and goods when they turned away from him and wouldn't follow his ways or his law. (Isaiah 42 v 23 – 25) But Israel didn't understand. The lesson of their discipline went straight over their heads. We read that their discipline "consumed them, but they did not take it to heart." (v 25)
The lesson for today is the lesson from Hebrews. When we are disciplined, let us learn from it and change for the better. Let's take our discipline to heart and become true, obedient, righteous children of God.
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Sticky Note Therapy
How beautiful you are, my darling!
Oh, how beautiful!
Song of Songs 4 v 1.
My lover is radiant and ruddy,
outstanding among ten thousand.
Song of Songs 5 v 10.
It's easy, it's simple, it's quick, it's cheap, and it's effective. Sticky notes - there should be some in every household. There is a bunch of them sitting in front of me right now and I'm going to write something on one of them. It needs to be something that's going to give positive feelings, that's going to grow our relationship, that they will treasure and dwell on. Something like, "I can't wait to be with you on Thursday night," or "Call me at lunchtime for a special message..."
I have one that was posted on my side of the bed head the other day that says, "May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in him." There is one still on our fridge from our wedding anniversary that says, "24 years! ... And I love you more than ever!" And there's always the standard, "I Love You!"
Every positive sticky note will add deposits to your spouse's love bank. Imagine finding twenty sticky notes around your room when you get home tomorrow, or in the car as you leave for work, or one in your lunch-box, or one in your Bible, expressing your spouses love toward you, or encouraging you through your day. Sticky notes are an easy way to grow the love.
Go on, pick up a pen. Write it, peel it, stick it, and say "I love you" with a sticky note.
1. Pick up a pen.
2. Write a positive message on a sticky note.
3. Peel the sticky note off the note pad.
4. Stick it in a place your spouse will find it.
5. Repeat steps 1 to 5.