Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
God is a realist.
He has to be, if you want that infinite love to be real.
Most people hate seeing themselves as ugly and sinful.
We’re pupils who can see everything except ourselves.
Sometimes we look into a mirror called the Law. It shows us our ugliness and our sinfulness. We see our imperfection, and we hate it.
God doesn’t do this to be mean. No, He does it to knock down our walls so we let love in. He shows us our need and then He fills it.
The cost of sin is death. However, though our body dies, as Christian, we will live on in Heaven, much longer can any memory can preserve us. And though our ugliness is all too evident, we are made beautiful in Christ’s blood. His sacred heart is our fountain of youth; it restores us when we feel like we cannot go on.
We are broken, but God puts us back together with His comfort. He says that life will go on. He promises that He is always with us.
If He chastens us for our good, then I want Him to chasten me plenty, because I know that the correction He provides will make me more like Him.