(June 19, 2015)
Sometimes we see the Lord as a Celestial “nice guy,” which ignores far too much of the truth of the matter. Christ loves us perfectly, and as such He is forever willing to do all within His power in righteousness to turn us back to Him. Sometimes that may mean encouragement, but at other times it may mean adversity, trial, or even chastening.
I cannot imagine what it must have been like for the brother of Jared to be chastened by the Lord for three hours, but I imagine the Lord was probably pretty good at the chastening part. I imagine that the brother of Jared left that interview with two truths indelibly imprinted on his soul. First, that his behavior was unacceptable and needed to be changed. Second, that the Lord loved him and wanted him to change.
Sometimes, it seems, chastening is the best way the Lord has to demonstrate His love for us.