GOD’S ROD AND HIS MERCY
“’I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall know that I am the LORD, that you may remember and be confounded, and never open your mouth again because of your shame, when I atone for you for all that you have done, declares the Lord GOD’” (Ezek 16:62-63 ESV).
“Believers will never experience the wrath of God that they deserve. Though they do feel his discipline, such discipline is the act of a loving Father, not an angry Judge. The rod and stripes may be terribly painful, but they are used with love. God’s lovingkindness is not taken away from those who believe” John Calvin (ref#164, Mar 5th).
“I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, but my steadfast love will not depart from him” (2 Sam 7:14-15 ESV).
“There is hope for your future, declares the LORD . . .For as often as I speak against him, I do remember him still. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him, declares the LORD” (Jer 31:17,20 ESV).
“All the tenderness, deep affection, acute sympathy, or true fidelity that you ever find or enjoy in the creature dwells in God” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, Jul 16th).
“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,” (Col 2:13 ESV).