I Am Not Interested In Punishing You,
I Am Interested In Instructing You
By Russ Walden
The Father says today, I am not interested in punishing you, I am interested in instructing you. I am not the austere despot that men have made Me out to be. They spoke in My name and defiled My testimony but that is not
who I am, and that does not reflect what I am doing in your life. I am not mad at you, says God. I so loved that I gave and in giving I expressed the totality of My nature. In giving of Myself, the only form that gift could take was the form of My son, Jesus.
He is the consummate love statement that I am making to humankind and to you on a very personal level.
I did not send My son into your life to bring you to judgment. The judgment is on the contrary choice you might make in opposition to
the clemency I have shown you in Christ. I have shown you mercy, and I have poured out upon you My lovingkindness. The only thing that keeps you from experiencing My tender mercy is when you choose not to show that same mercy to those who have offended and
wounded you. Forgive them. Take your hands away from their throat and then - only then will you experience the full measure of My willingness to bless, cover and cleanse the things in your life that estrange you from My heart.