Posts Tagged ‘discipline’

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My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
Nor detest His correction;
For whom the LORD loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights.”

Proverbs 3:11-12

We are blessed that God our Father is a good father. His love is perfect, and thus as any loving father would do, He disciplines us when we stray from His law. Without discipline a child will continue in disobedience, and will go in the way of destruction. “Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. You shall beat him with a rod, and deliver his soul from hell.” Proverbs 23:13-14. We are not to “despise the chastening of the Lord”, but rather give thanks that He leads us, and raises us up in His ways. It is a grace, that he would discipline and correct us.

Of course every child cries disciplined, Yes, it hurts… It isn’t pleasant, but let us not forget that it is for our good; for our sanctification. “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11.

Let us all rejoice in our Father, for His loving ways are perfect. May we give Him thanks for this grace of discipline.

J. C. Hahne