by Scott Kaczorowski

I don’t know about you, but the Lord is really putting His finger on some difficult places in my life right now.  The process is painful.  Discipleship is hard.  But one of the things that struck me this week as I was doing the first week of the Falling in Love Again with Your Lord for Men study was the gentleness of Jesus as Lord.  Yes, He requires a great deal of those who would follow Him.  He requires everything.  But He is also tender and gentle with those who are His–like a shepherd with his sheep, or a father with his beloved child. Even as our Lord who has an absolute claim on our lives, He approaches us in tender gentleness, giving what we need to follow Him and holding us up and sustaining us on this journey.

One of the passages this week that the Lord really drove home to me was from Isaiah 57:18-19.  This is God’s promise to heal and forgive our sin and give us hearts that praise Him as we continue on this journey of discipleship: “I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and to his mourners, creating the praise of the lips” (NASB).  May the Lord grant us lips that praise Him.

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