It’s tough to
watch the anger and anguish of the child you
are disciplining for some broken rule that
he doesn’t think should be there in the
first place. It hurts your heart and maybe
deflates your parental ego to see the
frustrated tears and hear, “I hate you!”
coming from the lips of one you love so
dearly and unconditionally.
If you didn’t
know it was for the child’s benefit and
character development, you would probably
stop in mid-action, withdraw the
“consequence” and give a hugging apology.
But you know in your heart that it is
necessary to carry out your responsibility
to bring your child up in the “nurture and
admonition of the Lord.”
Some day he
may say he appreciates how you reared him;
he knows he is successful in life because
you loved him so much it hurt you.
We are not
born with the natural instinct to be
obedient. Just watch a toddler who ignores
instructions with a loud, “No!” Left to
ourselves, we would probably be dangerous to
ourselves and others, without discipline to
know and do right. We would not by our
nature just want to be obedient, loving,
kind and easy to manage. That’s why God
gave us parents, teachers and mentors. He
wanted us to develop good character and
discipline the next generation would benefit
from as well.
parent will not stop guiding a child in the
right direction just because the child is
not responsive. The lessons continue
repetitiously as long as they are needed to
accomplish their goal. The parent will not
stop loving the child through its rebellion;
they may have heartaches caused by the
wayward offspring, but the love continues.
Their hearts will leap for joy when they see
the straying one coming home.
One of love’s
components is “giving.” Love just naturally
wants a recipient to lavish itself on. Many
parents work more than one job, overtime
hours and deny themselves to make life
better for their family. They want their
children to have the best, even better than
they had in their own childhood—because they
our Heavenly Father? Can you imagine how He
feels when He has to strip us of our
rebellion while we argue in protest? How
His heart must ache when He sees us in a
“self-destruct mode” disregarding the wooing
of the Holy Spirit. He may lengthen the
leash until we are destitute like the
prodigal son to allow us to “come to
ourselves” and look longingly toward the
If we abide
by the Word God has given us, our common
sense would tell us that it would be most
profitable to be loyal and obedient. For
instance, look at Deuteronomy 28 given to
Israel and pre-dated for us.
“And it shall
come to pass, if thou shalt hearken
diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy
God, to observe to do all his commandments
which I command thee this day, that the Lord
thy God will set thee on high above all
nations of the earth: And all these
blessings shall come on thee, and overtake
thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice
of the LORD thy God” ” (Deuteronomy 28:1,
everything arranged to shower Israel with
blessings. Israelites would be chased
by blessings until they caught up with and
overtook them. They would be blessed in the
city, in the fields, fruit of their body,
fruit of the livestock, in their baskets
(now), in their store (later), victorious
over their enemies and “in all thou setteth
thy hand unto.” The promised blessing
covered every aspect of their lives.
asked that they be faithful and obedient.
could they ask for? Yet they turned their
backs on all these blessings in disobedience
and disloyalty. What a disappointment to
God. Did His heart ache for them and long
for their return? The answer lies at
Calvary. What a price to pay to bring His
erring ones home! He spared no expense.
spared not his own Son, but delivered him up
for us all, how shall he not with him also
freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).
It couldn’t be any plainer than that!
Simply put—“He gave His all, withholding
nothing—all for those He loved.”
is even more precious for us today than it
was for Israel. They offered
substitutionary animal sacrifices to cover
their sins. These only looked toward the
ultimate, real sacrifice of God’s own Son,
Jesus Christ, who gave His life to “take
away” (not cover) our sins.
Yet-to-be-realized blessings await those who
will follow the Lord in obedience and
loyalty. Yet we are just like Israel; our
blessings are still in God’s storehouse
waiting to be distributed—if only we will
Earn them? By no means! The only way we
can quality is to accept the qualification
that Jesus did for us. He did it all.
“It is not
after we were reconciled to God by the blood
of His Son that He began to love us, but He
loved us before the foundation of the world,
that with His only begotten Son we too might
be sons of God before we were any thing at
must have been broken when He allowed the
chasm to develop between Himself and Jesus
as He hung on the cross bearing our
sin. He must have suffered pain as He let
His Son die even though He knew it was the
only way we could be redeemed. He had to
allow the torture and murder of His Beloved
One. Surely His heart bleeds anew each time
He sees us rejecting what His Love prepared
for us and is eager to give. Such a great
price was paid for His love poured out on a
sinful world, yet his storehouse is filled
everything we need, waiting to be sent on
angel wings to those who will receive.
children, we sometimes look back with regret
at the sorrow we caused our parents by our
willfulness. It should also fill our hearts
with grief when we think of the times we
have grieved the Holy Spirit who only wanted
to give us unlimited blessings. How sad
that they are ready to come to us, but we
are not ready to receive them. All we have
to do is “receive.” They’ve been paid for
and the shipping label has our name on it.
Think of the times Jesus was moved with
compassion, even tears while here on the
earth. He wept as He sadly looked at
Jerusalem and said He would have gathered
their children together like a mother hen
does her chicks, but "you would not" (Luke
19:42, Matthew 23:37). How sad He must
have felt. And He wept at the tomb of
Lazarus. We aren't sure if he was
weeping because he saw their sorrow and was
moved by it, or was it their unbelief that
broke His heart?
Are we breaking His heart? Let us tell
Him how sorry we are to have made Him weep.
What are we missing because of the hardness
(unbelief) of our hearts just as those of
old did? Let us stretch forth our
hands and hearts to Him with sorrow of
repentance and let Him turn it into joy.
With outstretched hands and loving us
"anyhow," Jesus bids us come and receive.
Are you ready
to be blessed beyond measure? “Anyhow
Love” is ready to give. Get ready to
receive and gladden the heart of God.
Open up your heart to receive his “Anyhow
Flint has expressed it beautifully~~~
How broad is
His Love? Oh as broad as man’s trespass,
As wide as
the need of the world can be;
And yet to
the need of one soul it can narrow,
He came to
the world, and He came to me.
How long is
His love? Without end or beginning,
Christ and His life it must be,
everlasting as from everlasting;
He loveth the
world, and He loveth me.
How deep is
His love? Oh as deep as man’s sinning,
As low as the
uttermost vileness can be;
fathomless gulf of the father’s forsaking;
He died for
the world, and He died for me.
How high is
His love? It is high as the heavens,
As high as
the throne of His glory must be;
And yet from
that height, He has stooped to redeem us,
He “so” loved
the world, and He “so” love me.
How great is
His love? Oh, it passes all knowledge,
comprehension, its measure can be;
the world; yet, each heart may contain it;
He “so” loved
the world, and He “so” loved me.