June 3, 2009

Comfort vs. Correction

Which do you think you need most of?

From my observation and experience, I would be inclined to say that most of us need a swift kick in the rear end when it comes to our lackadaisical attitude towards God and how we spend our time and what we focus on the most. Most prefer to be coddled over chastised. However, the Lord has brought into my life two sweet Christian sisters who need comfort; desperately. They have been living in a world of torment, and have been spiritually crippled by a "performance based" understanding of God's love and His saving work. "When I am good, He loves me" "When I am bad, I am probably not even saved and will suffer His wrath".

Recently, the Lord has brought understanding, peace, and blessings to the soul, mind and heart of one of these dear Christian sisters through a book entitled, "Comfort for Christians" by A.W. Pink.

A.W. Pink was a very interesting man with a very interesting past. I have often found that those who the Lord allowed to walk in very "man-centered" heretical religious circles--prior to being reconciled to God through Christ--have been used mightily to minister to the hearts of those who are suffering with "man-centered" ideology about God's love and His saving grace.

Again, I would say that most of us need correction more than comfort in terms of how lightly we esteem the grace and mercy of God. However, there are those precious ones who need comfort from the truth of God's Word in order to be freed from the crippling bondage of the misery that they are under.

I smile as I recall sharing (when I first started this blog) that I am not by nature a "comforter". Thank the Lord for men like A.W. Pink and Richard Sibbs, who are; and may God grow me in that area so that I may be better equipped to minister to the needs of those who truly need comforting. With that said, if you yourself need comforting by the Lord, or know someone that does, I highly recommend A.W. Pink's book entitled "Comfort for Christians. It is available online at now charge. Just click here.

*****More comfort for your soul ******

"Though God has reserved to himself the liberty of afflicting his people, yet he has tied up his own hands by promising never to take away his loving-kindness from them. Can I look that Scripture in the face with a repining, discontented spirit in 2 Samuel 7:14-15: "I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him?"

Oh, my heart, my haughty heart! Do you do well to be discontented when God has given you the whole tree, with all the clusters of comfort growing on it, because he suffers the wind to blow down a few leaves?"

John Flavel - excerpt from "Keeping the Heart"

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