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Proverbs 4:23   Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

Proverbs 27:19   As in water face reflects face, So a man's heart reveals the man.

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As Many As I Love

Rev. 3:19 As many as I love I rebuke and chasten

I looked very closely at that Scripture recently and my heart melted at what the Lord is saying there. Rebuke (Strong’s 1651) means to confute (prove what is false, invalid, or defective, or to admonish (caution, advise, or counsel against a thing). And chasten (Strong’s 3811) is to train up a child, i.e. educate, or by implication to discipline (by punishment). So it says, as many as I love:

    I show what is false, invalid, or defective,

    I caution, advise, or counsel against a thing,

    I chasten, first in terms of training up, educating; if you won’t come that way, I discipline by punishment to halt you in your way and regain your attention.

Once the Lord humbles us, we can see our need for all those expressions of love because without them we will go astray, which is the worst outcome. The key is to perceive when He is confuting things, when He is cautioning against a thing, when He is educating and instructing, and when He is disciplining us to save us from oppressive outcomes. The second part of the verse says: “Therefore be zealous and repent.” Zealous means to be warm for or against something, and repent means to think differently, to reconsider. Lord, help us to halt quickly, be keen to reconsider, and return to Your training modes!

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