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In thinking of the approaching Passion week I am reminded of the sufferings of Jesus. 

Heb 12:6 For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives.

This is great encouragement for when we too are scourged in this life, to know that God loves us and we are received as sons and daughters of the Almighty. Jesus paid the price on the Cross in order for us to be received.

Heb 12:10b-11 He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

So we too must partake in this discipline for our good. To truly understand this truth should bring us great joy knowing that we are being sanctified through it. To be made more like Christ.

David P.