Proverbs 13:24 “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” Hebrews 12:6-7 “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?” In the same sense that a parent will discipline their child out of love because they want their child to grow up and do right, God will correct us too. If a parent hates their child, they will let the child get away with anything, but God won’t do that. He loves us enough to correct us when we are wrong.
Look up James 1:5 and 1 John 2:27. God wants us to live happy and productive lives, and He gave us the Holy Spirit to help with that. He will give us wisdom if we would simply ask for it. He gave us pastors and teachers to help teach us in what we should do.
In the same sense that a parent wants to provide for their children, God wants to provide for us. Look up Luke 12:32. In John 10:28-29, God provides security. In Isaiah 40:31, God provides strength. In Psalms 23:4, God provides comfort. In Matthew 6:25-28, God will provide our every day needs. We can live a lot less stressed out if we would remember this.
Look up Luke 17:11-19. We need to learn to not only be thankful, but also show our thanks. A few easy ways to show it is by a letter, a card, text, call, or maybe even a gift. When was the last time that we even told God that we are thankful for our salvation? Right there is a good place to start in showing our thanks.
Jeremiah 6:16 “Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” Whether we choose to follow God or not is our choice, but we should be looking for the old paths of the church. A church should be consistent in who they are and what they teach. They should be caring about what the Bible says and about each other. They need to be concerned that they are living right. They need to be consecrated and concrete in what they believe.