WORD TO PONDER: WOUNDED
OR CORRECTED? 8/24/04
There are times when you bare
your soul before men that you receive a backlash.
Accusation, misunderstanding and judgment leave you
feeling naked and abused. Worse yet, in your wounded
state, it leaves you feeling like a bad person. This
erodes and seeps down into your soul to further your
decay of failure and into self rejection. Precious
one, listen to ME. This is not My good gift.
Yes, I feed tenderhearted
correction into your life as you need it. Yes, I use
circumstances to form you into My image. And, yes, I
bring everything into your life and turn it for good.
But do not think that I AM judging you, stripping you
naked and abusing you over your failures. I AM not
rejecting you, dear one, and neither do I ever point a
finger to condemn you. I weep with you as you mourn
over your mistakes, I weep even before you know you make
My beloved child, would I
severely discipline a child who earnestly wants to
please Me and seek My way? I AM only stern to the
rebellious who defiantly turn from My loving and
gracious heart. I AM full of compassion over you who
fall and tremble at My Word. And how it moves My heart
to wild rejoicing as I see you willing to stand up and
try again! How proud of you I AM, dear one, to see you
keep on keeping on. Now, let My love wash and cover
you. You are not naked, you are clothed in My
forgiving and pure white garment of righteousness.
NIV Romans 10:4
Christ is the end of the
law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who