Tough Love and Tenderness

Tuesday, February 4

Joshua 23—24

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We are at the end of Joshua’s life. The warrior years of the young liberator are long gone. His words have the ring of “tough love.” He reminds God’s people of their need to be faithful to the covenant. At the same time, there are tenderness and expansive peace that well up in words of comfort, his long life seasoned by the inner joy of God’s constant fidelity.

Though the enemies in your life may not be the countries bordering your house, still there are inner forces of darkness and evil that push against your “front door.” Peace can be dissipated. Do not become discouraged from fidelity to those daily disciplines needed so that God’s grace can grow within you.

Be with the great multitude that first heard Joshua’s words, and those gathered in the silence this day, awed by the final chapters of this great book.

The Reading for Today
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I rest from my enemies 23:1
Nothing failed of Your promise. 23:14
Serving You in faithfulness 24:14
I will serve You, Lord my God. 24:18

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One thought on “Tough Love and Tenderness

  1. A question:

    What are the disciplines you need to practice so as not to be affected by energies not from God? Joshua 23:12ff

    Words of profound commitment on the part of Joshua, and then the people:

    …As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

    Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods.” Joshua 24:15-16

    We join each other and the community around the aged Joshua, in making our pledge to God.

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