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December 27, 2014 | Daily Devotionals | December 27

The most important word picture Jesus painted of God is that of a loving Father. Merciful, yet strong. This is why God, at times, appears unconcerned with preserving our dignity or catering to our emotions. He’s in the character-carving business, and if there is some discomfort along the way, then so be it.


For the man who is willing to trust God’s way and be God’s man, even when it hurts, great reward awaits. It’s important to God that we understand this part of it too.  It’s like the experience of a big win–a hard fought victory that will stick with us. We are changed, and the next time we’re in the heat of battle, we’ll know what to expect. We’re better for the experience.


We’re always going to come to forks in the road, and one may look easier to take than the other. When this happens, always choose the one that looks as though it will test your character more. You’ll be glad you did.


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