January 17, 2001
“For whom the Lord loves He corrects.” (Proverbs 3: 12)
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Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
The closer I get to the Lord, the more He refines me. Or so it seems. Actually, He’s been ref ining me ever since I surrendered my life to Him. But what our Lord is doing, as I see it, is shining His floodlight of love ever more intenely on my soul in order to expose thoe deep-seated attitudes and perceptions that still do not line up with His Word.
As the dross or impurity rises to the top, I am then able to see it for what it really is—a hindrance to my full freedom in Christ. And so I am able to renounce the wrong attitudes and perceptions and to replace them with the truth of God’s Word. As I yield to the truth, God removes the dross. The more I yield to the truth, the more dross God removes.
The process of dross removal is called sanctification, and all of us who are disciples of Jesus Christ must undergo it. Having one’s dross removed is a painful process, but a necessary one if we are to be transformed into the image of Christ.
Our Scripture verse this week tells us that the Lord corrects those whom He loves. How does He correct us? In other words, how does He remove the dross? Some would say He corrects us through sickness or calamity or gragedy. No, Precious One! This is not so! Would an earthly father correct his children by making them sick or by inflicting some terrible tragedy upon them? Of course not! And neither does our Heavenly Father, the perfect Father, correct us by making us sick or by inflicting tragedy upon us.
On the contrary, our Heavenly Father removes the dross through His Word: “Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the Word” (Ephesians 5: 26, underlining mine). It is the Word that washes away the dross. It is the Word that removes all the impurities. It is the Word that makes us like Jesus.
If you are going through a particularly difficult time of dross removal, rejoice, for great is our Father’s love for you. Allow Him to cleanse you. Push through the pain of relinquishing the dross. If you do, you will discover great freedom on the other side.
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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