325 Therapautic Love

“What is My beloved doing in My temple as she works out her evil schemes with many?” (Jeremiah 11:15).

The cry of Your broken heart has just hit me. The anguish of seeing the ones You love so deeply destroying themselves. Yet You did not halt the judgment. You even forbade Jeremiah to pray for them any longer (11:14). Was the die cast? Was Your anger so great? Couldn’t You still have stopped it?

Judgment is not always the result of anger, it is sometimes because of love and always a natural consequence of breaking the unchangeable laws that govern the universe. Of course I could have stopped it, and had I not delayed it for decades and even centuries? But to stop it would not have been love for sin does not only affect the sinner. Does love stand by and watch people destroying the lives of others, their children, their associates? Doesn’t every good parent discipline their child, painful as it may be to them, because they understand how important it is for their later life (Hebrews 12:9)?

I know men’s hearts. I know when repentance is no longer possible. Esau found that to his eternal detriment (Hebrews 12:16,17). Love is not always giving what a person wants, but rather what they need. Ask for wisdom that your love may always be therapeutic and not destructive.

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