The Father wants to mold and shape His children into His image. As sojourners in the earth, we have become ‘stained by the world’, therefore He continually processes us that we may be transformed; returning to our God roots. We must be pliable in the gentle Hands of our Father otherwise we become calloused and rebellious.
A person unwilling to change is in essence saying, I PREFER my ways over God’s. This is what cost Saul his kingdom. Even though he was mentored by the prophet Samuel, he was not submitted to his teachings. He refused to change. He even suggested that Samuel compromise by going along with him in his rebellion. Resistance to change is a thing that causes our Father to look upon us in displeasure. It provokes Him to deal with us after our folly. We will experience the brunt of His chastisement because the Father loves us TOO MUCH to leave us the way we are.
Just as we train our children to talk, walk, eat, potty, and to conduct themselves decently and orderly in society, the Father does us the same. And when our children’s behavior refuses to exemplify that which we’ve taught them, we discipline them to demonstrate our disapproval. In my home, the older children are dealt with more severely than the younger because they ought to know better. Similarly, for those of us who know better yet refuse to do better are dealt with harshly by our Father as well (Luke 12:47).
To love the Father is to honor Him in our submission, obedience, and service. To be rewarded and acknowledged by the Father for such excellent attributes is priceless and worthy of double honor.
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