“As Many as
I Love, I Reprove
and Discipline”

11 May 2024

Understanding and trusting
the Lord’s heart toward us
will make it easier to accept
His dealings with us

Recently for the podcast I have been covering the Lord’s word to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3. (You can listen to the latest episode here.)

Today I was touched, in particular, by the Lord’s word to the church in Laodicea. After He had admonished the church there in a very severe way, He still added this very sweet word:

“As many as I love, I reprove and discipline.”
— Revelation 3:19

I had never noticed this precious word in quite the same way before.

I just had a sense, how much I need the Lord’s reproof and discipline! How good it is to allow the Lord to touch us deep within, to deal with all of the dark and negative things in our being, so that He can bring us into a closer relationship with Himself!

Sometimes when we sense the Lord is dealing with us, it is easy to chafe against it, to “kick against the goads,” as the Lord said to Saul on the road to Damascus (Acts 26:14). It will be much easier to receive such dealings (and we surely need to!) if we keep in mind that, when He does touch us in such a way, it is not because He condemns us or is angry with us or is trying to prove a point; rather, according to His word here, it is because He loves us.

And ultimately we will see, in a very practical way, what it means to say that He causes “all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to the Purpose.” That is, He is working to conform us to His own image (Rom. 8:28-29), so that we may be brought fully into oneness with Him.

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