Listening to the Father’s Heart - January 6
Son, I have placed a special gift of mercy in some of my sons and daughters. However, without maturity, they will actually oppose the deeper work I am attempting to do in others. It is absolutely necessary for each of my sons and daughters to go to their own cross. But some have been counseled and encouraged to act based on the course that would bring them the least pain. This is done out of a genuine but misguided gift of mercy which longs to make things painless for others. I, however, allow my sons to experience pain to bring them to the end of themselves. I allow loneliness to draw them into intimacy with me. Peter did not want my Son to go to the cross. My Son rebuked Satan in Peter. When people counsel others based on the least amount of pain a decision may cause, they are getting in the way of my purposes for that individual. My son learned obedience from the things he suffered (Heb. 5:8).
But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” Matthew 16:23