“The Lord God; Kind and Stern”
Well, which is He, kind or stern.
He is both.
He is not either kind or stern; He is both kind and stern.
Please read the following verses, looking for this thought.
19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.”
20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid.
21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.
23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!
Did you notice verse 22?
The Lord God can do anything He chooses, He can be anything He wants.
As a parent, I tried to be kind, but if punishment was in order, I was stern.
I was not trying to be mean.
I loved the boys enough to hold them accountable.
I am glad the Lord God is kind and stern.
In this way, He shows His wonderful love to us.
Amen (So be it)