Love, Grace, Discipline, Correction


Would you like to be separated from your sin so that it does not have control over you and continued impact on your life?  Today God offers us this opportunity in his care.  Love and grace, though, come with discipline and correction. And we should want that…

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.  You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.  You will be faithful to Jacob, and show love to Abraham, as you pledged on oath to our ancestors in days long ago.
Micah 7:18‭-‬20

Who is like God? The answer is no one.  We get the closest to these traits of our Lord when we parent with grace and love.  A parent must sometimes discipline children so that their behaviour will be corrected.  This is what the Lord has been doing with Israel during Micah’s time. And we see that there will be restoration for God’s children.

If you read before these verses, you will find this enlightening statement:

Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the Lord ʼs wrath, until he pleads my case and upholds my cause. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness.
Micah 7:9

Once God’s discipline has fulfilled its purpose, it is the Lord who will plead our case and uphold our cause.  God will bring us back into the light of day after our time of darkness.  Isn’t that his love? Isn’t that the amazing grace of God?  This is why the best and most loving parent reflects the Lord’s character – love and grace come with discipline and correction.

Would you like to see your iniquities hurled into the sea? Would you like to be separated from your sin so that it does not have control over you and continued impact on your life? You may find this relief with the God of Jacob and Abraham.  You see, the Lord gave his own son, Jesus, to pay the ultimate price for our transgressions.

In fact, God’s investment in extending grace to you and me is beyond our imagination.  We are the focal point of God’s purposes and plans in this world.  God loves us, rescues us, lives in us, and wants to spend eternity with us.

Will you seek God and answer his love today?

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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