Sometimes the Lord Slays His Loved Ones
Some people are by nature tough, blunt, matter-of-fact, unsentimental. Others are tender, warm, soft-spoken, emotionally sensitive. Some, amazingly, are a mixture. In general, what makes these different folks feel loved is very different.
Being assessed by these different people can be dismaying. Their responses to a sermon, or a comment in conversation, can be poles apart — one feeling firmly loved, another feeling put off by perceived harshness.
What should we do? I think we should spend our lives soaking in the Scriptures so that we grow into the kind of people who feel loved by whatever the Bible portrays as loving.
It seems to me that most of us have a harder time feeling loved with tough discipline than we do feeling loved with tenderness and affirmation. Therefore, to guard myself from attributing unloving motives to God or people, I take special note of those places in the Bible…