While researching Scouting the Divine, I spent time with a shepherdess named Lynne. Lynne brought the idea of The Good Shepherd from John 10 to life for me.

From this, a lot of God's seemingly opposite attributes and passages like the 10 Commandments and discipline started to make sense.

I watched as Lynn lovingly took care of her sheep, changing bandages and spending time with them, and placing a couple in time out. But even the moments of discipline were founded in love to prevent self destructive behavior.

In the same way, God loves us so much that he doesn't want us to harm ourselves or others, so he disciplines us. For me, the experience was a tangible reminder of God's love.


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