Does God use punishment because he loves?
The Lord God is all power and all loving. He loves us as his creation. But there are times he does uses hard situations to correct us. Like a Father who tells his child not to stick a knife in the electrical outlet, or not to play by the pool unsupervised. Not because your Father is mean when he corrects you, but because you are without understanding and need guidance. Is correction painful? Yes, sometimes it is, but it doesn’t have anything with being physically abused. God Forgave King David 2 Samuel 12:1-25 for setting up Uriah the Hittitie to be murdered by his enemies so he can have his wife. God forgave him of his sins, but he had to pay a consequence for his action. Because sin is so disrespectful before the eyes of God, we need to make restitution for our errors. A prefect God demands justice be done.
I will share with you two near death experiences I’ve had. One was written in my very first blog “Light and Darkness of my soul” When I was hit by a car on base on July 14th, 2004 at 730pm. See before this event I realized with myself that all my drinking and getting wasted and acted like a jerk was too much for me. I got tried of trying to impress people that I thought were my friends. Trying so hard to become popular that I was killing myself spiritually and physically. The car was determined to be going 60 mph (determine by base police) I should have been dead. Really it felt like a long time that I was somewhere(unconscienced) I felt ready to meet God. I didn’t really know fully that I still would have to answer for the mistakes prior to this happen to me. But I felt ready. Then God spoke to me” You’re not going to die but live to serve and protect my people”. Suffered a concussion, scars on the back of my head, but no broken bones. Now experience number two. Happen during Holy week of 2017. I was not living a moral spiritual life. I was committing sacrileges and blasphemy before God. I was taking the Act of reconciliation as a joke and not really turning away from my sins. So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world (1 Cor 11:27-32)
So, you see that God in his perfect ways set his judgment upon me that night. I that night received Holy Communion in sin and later close to midnight I had a hard time breathing, I was able to call the ambulance and they rushed me to the emergency room. I was gasping for air, thinking I had an allergic reaction to something I ate. Even during my fight for air, I was trying to erase something off my phone. See for that moment in Time I was just like the unrepented thief, trying to hide my sins as if God couldn’t see them. I survived that night. I went to the emergency room a total 9 times during this period time. Fear came over me and I lost 40lbs in a months’ time. But God in his infinite mercy, lead me to go to Mass one Saturday morning and I received the anointing of the Sick for the 3rd time. You see I need to taste death to understand how I was so offensive to the Lord they God. I can tell you this, it is true that when your near death you know right at that split second if your going to heaven or hell. And I knew of I would have died; God’s perfect justice would win. He didn’t send me to hell, I sent myself there, out of my own crimes and foolishness. Today is my 37th birthday. I thank the Lord today for the gift of life and how he saves me from going to Hell. I can’t even fathom in my imagination that I would be in Hell right now instead of writing this testimony. Very scary ladies and gentlemen. How I allowed myself to be a pawn of the devil and loving the world instead of loving God.
The fact that I am still here is an act of Mercy that I do not deserve or earned. Salvation is a grace and a gift that only God can give. He has purpose for me and I hope he will use me to accomplish his Will. When you think about it, you could say to yourself, “wow God must take pleasure in punishing people and sending them to hell” but, it is us that walk away from him and his ways. But this is the reason why Jesus Died on the cross to save us from ourselves. He shed every drop of his blood. He is the Shepard that was willing to leave the flock (99) and come after the one sheep (me and you) to pull us from the thorny bush and be rejoined with the rest of the herd. See I don’t believe that once you say the “sinners prayer once” your good to go for the rest of your life. The devil is always working 24/7 as St. Peter says in 1 Peter 5:8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. We are tempted 24/7 because of our fallen human nature. Before battle, we need to put on God’s Armor Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can make your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.…
If you look in the Book of Job Chapter 1 verse 20 thru 22. Even after all those bad things happen to Job, he didn’t curse God, but give Thanks to the lord. At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21and said: ” Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. c
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”22In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
See Job was doing his part, but the Lord used him to be understanding and offered sacrifice of this friends around him. Job repented, and God restored all to him. See we must work to be prefect just as Jesus told his disciple’s that that his Father is Prefect. We must always strive to be in Union with God. Yes, it is tons of work. Sometimes the work is a life long journey. But wouldn’t you be happy to be received into your Father’s arms and hear “Well done good and faithful servant”? Those are the words that I want to hear. In our weakness, we are made strong as St. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 In view of the extraordinary nature of these revelations, to stop me from getting too proud I was given a thorn in the flesh, an angel of Satan to beat me and stop me from getting too proud! About this thing, I have pleaded with the Lord three times for it to leave me, but he has said, ‘My grace is enough for you: my power is at its best in weakness.’ So I shall be very happy to make my weaknesses my special boast so that the power of Christ may stay over me, and that is why I am quite content with my weaknesses, and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and the agonies I go through for Christ’s sake. For it is when I am weak that I am strong.
Life is a rough journey, but together my brothers and sisters, we can make it to heaven. We must fight the evil one back. We can only do it on our knees and in humility. We need to Beg Jesus for his love and his Mercy. Only he can Save us. Only by his Love and mercy can we reach Heaven. We ask for the intercession of all the Angels and Saints of Heaven to help guild is to the Cross. To guild us to Christ. Then and only then can we breathe a life of Hope and love. Maybe you all have a blessed Sunday!