Thought for the Day – God is not punishing you, Christian, when you suffer

Posted: October 29, 2011 in Thought For The Day
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“If you are a Christian, God is not punishing you when you suffer. Jesus died for you, so your punishment has been paid. You will suffer because of your sin, sin of someone else, or consequence of the Fall. But, God is not punishing you. So, run to Him & not from Him” – Mark Driscoll.

  1. Denise says:

    We say we believe in His Sovereignty, we quote the Scriptures that illustrate how He is the potter, and we are the clay, and yet, still flinch when difficulties come. Are we willing to accept every irritation, every trial, every wound; as a gift from His Hand? These are the means by which He molds us into vessels , precisely of His design. How important is it to us, that God be Glorified?

  2. saltguys says:

    Nice blog and post.

    Just one thing, how does Mark Driscoll explain verses like Hebrews 12:6 “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.”

    If God loves us as a father(which He does, Praise Him) then He will discipline us, as a father. We must face, as Christians, the consequences we have earned, or in this case the punishment. Surely this here is a an example of sanctification or refining gold. Where we have sin, which is slowly purged from us, making us more acceptable to God, and fit for eternity.

    The writer of Hebrews says that we are illigitimate, if we are not punished by Him.

    As Denise says, we are the clay, He is the potter. I think that God does punish people. Why do people get cancer when they destructively leave a church? That is punishment.

    Thanks. I will subscribe.


    • Alan Higgins says:

      Yes we will have to deal with the consequences of our actions but the ultimate penalty for a christians sin has been paid on the cross. Christians and non christians get cancer. Not necessarily because of our sins but because we live in a fallen world which is sceptical to sickness and disease which can affect any one of us

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