"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent."
It strikes me today how true this is with God. In our earth lives we are here to learn, and so we need feedback to know where we need to improve and grow... that is *essential* to our success and continued progression. Even the amazingly highly-favored Brother of Jared was chastised by God for not remembering to call upon him. God gives us feedback and reminders and ... a conscience... for a reason. It isn't so that we can feel guilty all the time, or that we can learn to be sad or hate ourselves... it is so that we can take those lessons and change our lives, and improve, and learn to walk before him without spot, or regret, or stress or guilt. To be bold and confident before him, knowing that we are washed clean and that God is pleased with who we are. We can't get there without that feedback, without God telling us what we're doing wrong... and he gives us that feedback because he loves us and wants us to succeed. ... and part of that is some zealous repentance. I love that word zealous here... fervent, or even excited repentance... because we're doing it because we believe in it, and we believe God and that he is making us into far better people than we currently are. :) Let's work on that today... listening to God's loving feedback and chastening... and that fervency and zeal in repenting and changing our lives for the better.