May 10, 2017 at 14:35
Thank God for that. Literally! :
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May 10, 2017 at 14:37
Indeed literally, Tricia. Amen, and thanks
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May 10, 2017 at 15:44
What if the sheep is found and refuses to rejoin the sheepfold?
Can or should the Shepherd override the sheep’s desire to return to the fold. [Is the sheep’s consent necessary in order to be returned or carried back to the sheepfold?]
🙂 No, you don’t have to answer these.
May 10, 2017 at 15:47
Our Lord is the Good shepherd and all sheep must consent to be carried back to the fold.
What an awesome God!
May 10, 2017 at 15:56
I don’t disagree with that at all. Like I said, I do believe he may deal with us sternly to get us back, but ultimately sheep do what sheep do.
May 10, 2017 at 15:54
That’s an interesting question, and I be a great conversation could be had there. I don’t personally profess to know where the line is on recalcitrant sheep. It seems that the Shepherd does maybe whack us around a bit sometimes, maybe even roughly. I only say that because I have been whacked. Does He stop whacking and let us take our own path? Probably, yes I think. But, if we were His sheep, I don’t think we stop being his sheep even then. We just may be very unhappy sheep.
If we are His sheep, we do not stop being His sheep (perhaps unhappy… but still His).
May 10, 2017 at 16:00
I know not all feel that way, but it seems clear. My kids have done some crazy stuff, and at times we have been quite estranged from each other, but they have yet to cease being my kids. Jesus didn’t tell the story of the Prodigal son for nothing. That boy suffered mightily when he refused to come back, but the Father still waited, and waited, and threw open his arms upon the son’s return.
May 10, 2017 at 16:03
Once we’re His… we belong to Him.
(We cannot be unborn, so to speak).
May 11, 2017 at 06:16
The Word does make it clear that we can become stubborn of heart to where we shut out the voice of the Holy Spirit. I’m not talking about loss of salvation but of rebellion. What usually happens is the person falls into such a deep pit of despair that they once again submit and allow the Lord to rescue them.
May 11, 2017 at 06:18
That’s a sad thing to see, isn’t it Patrick? I thank the Lord that I have not suffered that myself, as I can’t actually imagine my life without Him in it. That must NOT be pleasant. As you said a “pit of despair.”
May 10, 2017 at 16:02
Great description of me and my life.
I don’t think that is uncommon at all Lynn. Aren’t we glad he come after us?
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