Excursus on Love’s Fire

Love of God burns bright.
Accept on earth its cleansing flame[1]
with faith in Love He justifies
that we are his beloved sons
and daughters.

But if we refuse, reject, revile
his love,
he will deny us
before his Heavenly Father.[2]
Then, surrounded still by God’s
eternal love, we will feel only
the pain of flame
and not the love behind it.


[1] The Discipline of Love
•Deuteronomy 8:5 Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.
•Psalm 94:12 Blessed is the man you discipline, O LORD, the man you teach from your law.
•Psalm 119:75 I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
•Proverbs 3:11 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke,
•Proverbs 3:12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
• Heb 12:6 “For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”
•Revelation 3:19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.

[2] Mt 10:33; Mk 8:38; Lk 9:36; 12:9; 2 Tim 2:12.


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