Discipline is one of the ways God delivers us from committing even greater sins that will mess up and destroy our lives in even greater ways. So deliverance and discipline often come from the same source. Here are three things to remember whenever we face divine discipline.
If there is one person who should have lost his salvation or proved he never had it in the first place, it is Jonah. But God forgives and loves him. While horrid beliefs and behavior have significant temporal and eternal consequences, final and ultimate condemnation from God is not one of those consequences.
Caring for people is the first step in caring for their theology. We give bad theology because we never take the time to get to know people. I fear that many churches and Christians do not realize the horrible, muddled theology we teach to people in our neighborhoods, at our jobs, and even in our families because deep down inside, we do not really care about the people themselves.