(Thomas Watson, "The Lord's Prayer")
"Our Father in heaven." Matthew 6:9
If God is our Father, then however He treats His
children, is done in love. If He frowns; if He dips
His pen in gall, and writes bitter things; if He
disciplines—it is all done in love! "For the Lord
disciplines the one He loves, and punishes every
son whom He receives." Hebrews 12:6
A father loves his child as well when he chastises and
disciplines him—as when he settles his inheritance on
him! "Those whom I love—I rebuke and discipline."
Rev 3:19. "Afflictions are sharp arrows—but
are shot from the hand of a loving Father!"
Correction is God's gymnasium. Correction is God's
school of character. God afflicts His children—in love!
He does it to humble and purify. Gentle correction is
as necessary as daily bread! There is love in all! God
smites—that He may save! "God disciplines us for our
good, that we may share in His holiness." Heb. 12:10