Hebrews 12:5-6 (NIV) says “And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, ‘My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.’”
Note: The above reference to “son” includes both male and female.
Hebrews 12:7-11 (NIV) says “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
WHO LOVES MORE?
Who loves his child more...the father who allows the child to do what will harm him, or the one who corrects, trains, and even punishes the child to help him learn what is right? It’s never pleasant to be corrected and disciplined by God, but His discipline is a sign of His deep love for us. When God corrects you, see it as proof of His love and ask Him what He is trying to teach you.
HOW DO YOU ACCEPT DISCIPLINE?
You may respond to discipline in several different ways: (1) you can accept it with resignation; (2) You can accept it with self-pity, thinking you really don’t deserve it; (3) You can be angry and resentful toward God; or (4) You can accept it gratefully, as the appropriate response you owe a loving God.
God is not only a disciplining parent but also a demanding coach who pushes us to our limits and requires our lives to be disciplined. Although we may not feel strong enough to push on to victory, we will be able to accomplish it as we follow Christ and draw on His strength.
Then, we can use our growing strength to help those around us who are weak and struggling.
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