Follow Without Being Forced

Proverbs 26:3

“A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools.”

Don’t be a fool. Don’t be like a horse who needs to be whipped before she responds to a command, or as a donkey who needs to be bridled to keep it in the way. Be willing to learn. Be attentive. You are not a fool, nor are you an animal without understanding.

  • Psalms 32:8-9; I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.

The Lord wants to lead us, not as if bridling a horse or pulling a stubborn mule, but as a Shepherd walking with and among His sheep.

Stay near to Him without being forced. Walk with Him without being constrained. If you are compelled let it be by His miraculous love.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
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