Friday, July 21, 2000

Lamentations 3:31-33

"For the Lord will not cast off for ever:
But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.
For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men."
Lamentations 3:31-33

I think this is cool, and again, it says a lot about God's love for us, his children.  Sometimes he has to chastise us, or correct us... but he won't cast us off completely.  Even if we have to go through some pain because we have made mistakes and need to repent of them... or if we experience grief because of sickness or loss... he will comfort us.  He doesn't hurt us for the sake of hurting us.  He wants us to be happy, and to find peace.  Sometimes we have to deal with some of the consequences of our actions, in order to teach us to think about the consequences in the future... and sometimes we have to deal with death... time, beginnings and endings.  part of this test... but God doesn't rejoice over our pain... just the way a parent would be sad if we hurt ourselves.  He picks us up, tries to teach us the consequences of what we do, and lets us try again.

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