Love, forgiveness, empathy and compassion Proverbs 3:11-12

Proverbs 3:11-12 (NLT)
11 My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you.
12 For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

Nahum 1:7 (NLT)
7 The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him.

We’re going to stray because it’s who we are. It’s what we do. We’re built and wired that way. It’s our sinful nature. We have a history going way, way back. We also have a future going forward that ends at some point. We’ll be corrected and we have shelter from the storm. We have a good, good, Father.

Romans 3:20-24 (NLT)
20 For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
21 But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

It’s who we are. Adam chose for us and left it to us to choose going forward. The question is, how will it end and what does eternity look like?

Matthew 7:1-5 (NLT)
7 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.
3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”

Lots of folks want to get high and mighty about moral superiority and what not, but we’re all sinners, we all fall short. We look at others and shake our heads disapprovingly, not living in the grace and love that Christ forgave us with. Only through Christ do we know the way forward, and that is through love, forgiveness, empathy, and compassion.

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