Expressions of Love - Proverbs 3:12
When we think of expressions of love, we might think of a hug, or kind words. Often these expressions do send a message of love, but the Bible also presents another perspective. Sometimes love is expressed in chastening. Our passage suggests that the Lord corrects those that He loves. In Proverbs 13:24, we learn that a father who loves his son chastens that son. Love does not do these things for the satisfaction of the one who loves, but for the benefit of the one that is the object of love. Many believers have struggled with this truth. We are led to believe the only way to show love to someone is to bail them out every time they are in trouble. Yet, the Lord declares that love does what is best for its recipient, even if that includes correction.
- (For smaller children) God expects Dad and Mom to correct you because He wants you to learn to do right (Proverbs 19:18). Eli's sons did wickedly. Eli spoke to them and they continued in their evil ways (1 Samuel 2:23-24). He should have taken more serious action (1 Samuel 3:13), but did not, and his two sons were killed in battle.
- Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? Is it possible that God allows things to happen to us, good or bad, for our benefit?
- When God corrects or chastens His people out of love, He does so not for His own enjoyment, but for the benefit of those He loves. What can we learn from His example?
- Thank the Lord for loving you enough to chasten you.
- Ask the Lord to help you manifest love in His way.
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