“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not (Matt. 23:37)!”
I wanted to help you… but you wouldn’t allow it. Oh how we need those who tell us the truth! Do we actually want to hear it? No, many times we don’t; but we desperately need to hear it. Unfortunately, everyone’s super “sensitive” now, at least when it comes to “receiving” correction. We’ve become experts in straight-out denial and shifting the blame. Giving correction? Oh, that’s not a problem. We’ve got that down.
Truthfully, we’ve got to hear somebody. We wonder why we attract the wrong people, go way too far down the wrong path, are stuck in abusive relationships, or how we end up so far off course. Honestly… it’s because no one can tell us anything. If we learn right attitudes and right behaviors as children, we’ll be more apt to have it together as adults. If we love our children, we’ll address these issues while they are young. If we don’t lovingly correct them and discipline them, the “law” will do it… just not so lovingly. The “X” will offer to do it also… but many times that includes a body bag. Certainly, we all make mistakes; but many mistakes we don’t absolutely have to make… if we learn to listen to those we trust to tell us the truth. We need truth tellers! God, give us a hearing ear… ready to receive your correction!
“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 (Heb. 12:6-8). ”
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