As a kid I never understood the concept of my father saying, “This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.” I never once saw a tear fall from his eye, yet I was crying a river. How could it hurt him? The paddle was on my bottom! Being a father now, I understand. I had to get a sliver out of my youngest boy’s foot. As I held him down to pry it out he was screaming. I knew how bad he was hurting and it grieved me to see him that way. A good father never wants to see his child in pain, but he knows the greater danger of not taking care of it. Sin is a lot like a sliver, both start out small but if left alone hurts worse as it goes. God would rather discipline us when it is small rather then let our lives get infected with sin. My son wasn’t thinking of me but just how bad it was hurting him. If it were up to him, he would rather limp then walk free from pain. A good father never thinks of himself but only the betterment of the child. If you are limping today spiritually, trust that your Heavenly father will take care of you. Sure it may hurt at first, but once removed you are free to move freely. The heart of God is for his children to walk in freedom. Don’t limp any longer. Go to God in prayer and have faith to ask him to remove whatever it is that is hurting your walk. He is faithful to forgive and will not only remove it but clean you up as well (1 John 1:9).

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