Key Verse: Verse 6 - "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth."
Key Words: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth
Feeling no pain is not as great as it may appear to be; it is dangerous.
Little Beverly Smith, born in Akron, Ohio, almost never cried. She never cried when she fell down; she never cried when she bumped her head; she didn’t even cry when she burned her hand on a hot stove. She cried only when she was hungry or angry.
The doctors soon discovered that she had a defect in the central nervous system for which no cure is known. She could not feel pain. The doctors told the mother she must watch Beverly constantly: the baby might break a bone and continue using it until it could not be set properly; she might develop appendicitis without nature’s usual warning of pain. Spanking her to make her more careful about hot stoves and knives would do no good; she wouldn’t feel it. Life without pain would be perpetually dangerous.
The spiritual application is simple. The Lord sends troubles into our lives for a purpose. “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth...if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons” (Hebrews 12:6, 8). If we accept the warnings of little chastisements, we will be kept from the bigger hurts; just as the warnings given us by our nervous systems keep us away from fires and other hurts.
Let every Christian examine himself to see whether he has become insensitive to the presence of sin.
What to do:
✞ Examine yourself to see if you have become insensitive to the presence of sin.
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