Posts Tagged ‘punishment’

  

“My child, don’t reject the LORD’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you.” (Proverbs‬ ‭3:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Just when you thought that you’ve heard it all…

According to a report in the International Business Times on 8.28.15, two sisters in India, one of whom is only 15-years-old, have been “sentenced” to rape as “punishment” after their brother had an affair with a married woman. An unelected all-male village council in Baghpat district, Uttar Pradesh, ordered that Meenakshi Kumari, 23, and her teenage sister will also be paraded through the streets naked, with blackened faces, as they are made to pay the price for their brother’s alleged transgressions. And this is the norm for how this council has operated for years. Ugh

According to our text, God does bring punishment for sinful behavior, but never a heinous thing like this! Our God is a loving Father that desires for all His children to do right, like a good Dad should. While His correction fits the sin, it has an ultimate goal: not to bring suffering, but restoration of relationship. 

Good parents and right government should both have fair and firm corrective policies. You can’t love without it, otherwise you are only enabling. But I’m grateful that our wonderful Father cares enough to do it the right way and bring our hearts back home! You are loved! 

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Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.” (1 Thessalonians‬ ‭2‬:‭4‬ NLT)

Some people would do anything for love. According to elitedaily.com, Gerald Uden (71) and Alice Louise Uden (74) allegedly killed their respective spouses, and even a couple of their kids, in order to be with each other over 30 years ago. The two had been living peacefully in rural Missouri despite law enforcement officials believing they were behind these crimes all these years. A break finally came in 2013 and both were arrested for their crimes of passion.

Whether an action was committed out of love, revenge, or even desperation, if it’s contrary to God’s word, then it’s still wrong. Situational ethics is a dangerous idea because it turns a blind eye to truth. Everyday, people act out on emotion, making excuses and justifications, but a wrong will always be a wrong, no matter the motives.

Take time to consider your ethical standards. Realize that even though you may wink at something, God does not. Live a life free from sin’s penalties and He will take care of you! You are loved!

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I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease!” (Lamentations 3:20-22 NLT)

“Shirley’s” life was a tough one. She had endured a hard childhood and was widowed several times over. It seemed that wherever she went, tough times seem to follow. But to me, Shirley was an inspiration, because she always trusted God to take care of her. And He always did!

The Book of Lamentations in the Bible is a tough read. The devastations it chronicles are not God’s mean abuses but the results of Israel’s abandonment of God. Everything they endured was due to their own bad decisions. Half way through the tough times, the writer changes his course: “Yet I still dare to hope…”! Even in those darkest moments of self-inflicted problems, God is still there with us!

Your life may be like Shirley’s, where it seems like rough patches follow you; or you may identify with Israel, constantly paying for bad decisions. Regardless of how you get there, know that there is always hope when God is invited to show up! Awful times don’t destroy us, they define us. Let God define & refine you, making you assured of where your hope comes from! You are loved today! Live with hope!

There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them.” (Genesis 6:4 NKJV)

Some stuff in the Bible is really wild, like Sampson with super strength, Joshua making the sun stand still, or God letting a donkey talk. But one of the weirdest is Genesis 6, where fallen angels took human women as wives, giving birth to a cursed hybrid race. Do a search on “Nephilim” and see what pops up!

While some of it is really wild and opinionated, the basis is that angels were misbehaving. In 2 Peter 2, it says that God didn’t spare them from punishment, creating Hell just for them. And if God will justly punish those, He will us too!

So, this holiday weekend and beyond, behave! If we live right and blessable, we don’t have to worry about punishment. And our children won’t be monsters either! Let The Lord be proud of you! You are loved today!
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To all the captives God has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem: ‘Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce.'” (Jeremiah 29:4, 5 NLT)

Israel had been misbehaving a lot & for a long time. God has sent prophets to plead with the people to change or punishment would come, but they wouldn’t. So God sent them into exile to Babylon. While there, God tells them to live normal lives & thrive, for even in a place if exile, God will bless them!

Punishment & judgment are not necessarily issues of the condemned, they also happen to those we love. As a loving parent has to punish a child for doing wrong, God does too. But it’s always out of His love & leads to immediate blessing when we turn around and start doing right.

If you find yourself in a place of correction, don’t fight it or make excuses. Learn, grow & move on. God’s desire for you is always to bless, and blessings always follow faithfulness & obedience. Even in trials or judgments, we still thrive if our lives are faithful again! You are loved!

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