A Weekly Inspirational Message
"Something to help you through the remainder of the week."
Thursday, August 30, 2007
For the Moment
Two passages in Hebrews 12 bring out a couple of timeless lessons.
All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
Every action produces some result, and all accompanying consequences. Discipline, if properly accepted, produces desirable results. It may not enjoyable, but it is profitable.
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.
That there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.
Hasty, ill-advised actions produce, for the moment, immediate gratification. But afterwards one must deal with the undesirable consequences. One may experience remorse and regret, yet there is no way to undo what was done.
The foolishness of man ruins his way, and his heart rages against the Lord.
When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, "Bless me, even me also, O my father!"
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