God Afflicts Those He Loves

Just a few:

It was good that I had to suffer
in order to learn your laws.
The teachings that come from your mouth
are worth more to me than thousands in gold or silver.
Psalm 119:71-72 GW

The LORD tests righteous people,
but he hates wicked people
and the ones who love violence.
Psalm 11:5

The Lord disciplines everyone he loves. He severely disciplines everyone he accepts as his child. Endure your discipline. God corrects you as a father corrects his children. All children are disciplined by their fathers. On earth we have fathers who disciplined us, and we respect them. Shouldn’t we place ourselves under the authority of God, the father of spirits, so that we will live? For a short time our fathers disciplined us as they thought best. Yet, God disciplines us for our own good so that we can become holy like him. We don’t enjoy being disciplined. It always seems to cause more pain than joy. But later on, those who learn from that discipline have peace that comes from doing what is right.
Hebrews 12:6-11

Even if he makes us suffer, he will have compassion in keeping with the richness of his mercy. He does not willingly bring suffering or grief to anyone,
Lamentations 3:32-33 GWN

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. You are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials so that the genuineness of your faith — more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire — may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:3-7 HCSB

3 Responses to “God Afflicts Those He Loves”

  1. 1 Eric

    Hi Jeff – I didn’t remember those Lamentations verses, I must always stop at “great is your faithfulness” and go no further. Maybe it’s time to reread Lamentations. I needed that reminder that He doesn’t “willingly” afflict us, sometimes I wonder. Hope things are looking brighter for you – prayers continue. Eric

  2. 2 Eric

    P.S. Was struck by a verse in the NET version that spoke to me anew. It’s Ps. 32:10 – “an evil person suffers much pain, but the LORD’s faithfulness overwhelms the one who trusts in him.” I hope He overwhelms you!

  3. 3 Scripture Zealot

    Those verses aren’t talked about much. I heard John MacArthur mention them in a sermon. If anybody would take them on, it would be him.

    That NET rendition is really nice.

    I’ve been having an especially difficult time lately, spiritually, which is unusual, and a health thing in addition to the usual stuff. I hope both will be somewhat resolved soon.

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