“You only have I known of all the families of the earth” (Amos 3:2). What an amazing acknowledgement from God. He knows his people. However, this is the rest of the sentence: “therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities”. OUCH!
How is that good news? “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves” (Heb 12:6). It is a mark of being in God’s family that he lovingly disciplines us for our sin. Sin takes our hearts away from our Father, his discipline brings us back. In love he disciplines his children now; everyone else gets judged and condemned later. Our discipline is temporary; their condemnation is eternal. How much better to be known and disciplined by God our Father.
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