Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, April 10th, 2021
Tough Love
Blessed is the man You discipline, O Lord, the man You teach from Your law; You grant him relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked. For the Lord will not reject His people; He will never forsake His inheritance.
Psalm 94:12--14 (NIV)
When Christians affirm, God is love, they're right. But sometimes, the love we need most is tough: tough love keeps us on the straight and narrow.

Think of dogs with invisible fences. When the fence is first installed and they stray... ZAP! Wanderlust brings a painful correction.

But attractive sights and smells still tempt them. Some cross the line again.. bringing more zaps. Eventually, wandering dogs learn.

God's Word is a saint's invisible wall. He points out the places we're not to walk. Before we were His, we were free to roam. We were blind, deaf, and dumb in Satan's world. We wandered around like homeless puppies. Nevertheless, God kept His Eye on us.

Some of us seem to be gently gathered. Others, like me, receive quite a few zaps. I was humbled, then looked up... at Jesus.

He found and saved me. God adopted me. Gratefully, I surrendered to His fence. A wonderful transformation began.

Because when Christians enter His kingdom, His supernatural protection plan extends around us, like an unseen fence. If we're tempted to wander, God zaps us, and our reaction should be humble thanks.

A small sting is ever-so-much better than getting hit by a sin-car of death.

But our Lord doesn't want us just to be disciplined and spared from harmful crashes. He wants us to live abundant lives now: to eat, sing, dance, work, grow and share His joy. He wants us to be free to help others.

Because God's Word doesn't prevent great walks. Instead, He protects us while we're ON them. We're encouraged to go out and about. Why? To lead other strays back to His Kingdom.

## Tough Love

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Tough Love series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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