My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him —Hebrews 12:5
When God rebukes you, don’t become discouraged and depressed. Turning inward and downward is how the Holy Spirit is grieved within you. Instead, take God’s reproof and learn from it, moving ever upward in your journey toward oneness with God in Christ.
Be careful to not attribute something God is doing in your life to the devil. Just because God doesn’t allow something or He doesn’t give the “go ahead” doesn’t mean the devil is at work; it may in all reality be God sparing you of a great pain. You say this pain is great but imagine the pain God is sparing you!
God may reveal something to you that seems very hard or even harsh, but don’t let it overwhelm you. God is showing you now because…
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