Stubborn Love

Posted: October 7, 2012 in Talk Notes


3 Major Categories of “Troubles” for Christians:

1. Trials
1 Peter 4:12
(trials bring us closer to God)

2. Discipline, judgment, or rebuke from the Lord.
– God is so faithful to correct us day after day.

No matter how many pleasures Satan offers, his great aim is to destroy.

John 10:10

The greatest social disaster of this century is the belief that abundant love makes discipline UNnecessary.

Hebrews 11:12
(keep the faith in God)

“Discipline always feels like going against the grain.”

5 Characteristics of Biblical Discipline:

1. The necessity of Discipline;
To Deter Destruction

The surest source of destruction to men is to obey themselves.
-John Calvin

A worm is still a worm, no matter how it is dressed up.

2. The Means of Discipline

Proverbs 13:51
(listening to a rebuke will be at home among the wise)

When God disciplines, the punishment fits the crime.

Hebrews 12:5
(what to do with God’s discipline)

3. The Motive of Discipline;
To Express Love.

Hebrews 12:6
(the necessity of discipline)

4. The Goal of Discipline; To Teach Obedience

Hebrews 12:7

Augustine’s stages with sin:

1. Lord make me good… but not yet.
2. Lord make me good… but not entirely.
3. Lord, make me good

Delayed obedience is disobedience.

John 14:15
(proof that we love God)

4. The Result of Discipline; Short-term Pain & Long-Term Gain

Hebrews 12:10

Anyone who cannot obeys no one, cannot obey God. What does it make the person?

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