Sunday, December 30, 2012

Gossip: a complacent God?

Sunday, December 30, 2012
    And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “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 he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”
    —Hebrews 12:5-6 (NIV)
    If your God can allow you to remain complacently the poor thing that you are; if He tells you soothingly not to worry—that He, for His part, is not making a fuss about your faults and failures, will not overpress such matters...—then there is something essentially wrong. For all who know God by more than mere hearsay are at one in this— that He hates sin, that He can’t abide it, that He will let no friend of His settle down in it in peace.
    ... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), The Galilean Accent, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1926, p. 54-55 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You will never give up on me.
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