Do You Embrace the Discipline of God in Your Life?
Learning Not to Despise the Chastening of the Lord
by J.M. Troppello
Discipline is something that most people probably don’t like. It’s not something that I like. Yet, as I’ve grown in my walk with the Lord, I’ve been learning that discipline from God is a good thing. He is only chastening me because He wants more spiritual growth in my life.
3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
“My son, do not despise the [a]chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; 6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”
7 If[b] you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no [c]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 12:3-11, NKJV)
Paul begins this passage in verse 3 by urging believers to compare their sufferings to how Jesus was tortured on their behalf. As a believer, you should look at chastening from the Lord as a good thing. Paul shared in verse 6 about the exhortation from Proverbs 3:11-12 – that God chastens those whom He loves.
God seeks to discipline His children to make us better.
Paul further writes that if you aren’t chastened, then you are illegitimate and not sons. He correlates God’s chastening to how earthly fathers discipline their children. He wrote that they disciplined their children, and the children (believers) paid them respect. In the same way, we should even more readily receive the correction of God the Father.
God’s chastening is so that we can be partakers of His holiness.
I love how Paul ends this passage in verse 11 that no chastening seems to be joyful for the present. That’s for sure! However, after you are chastened, you’ll reap the peaceable fruit of righteousness. That certainly sounds good to me.
Are you accepting of the Lord’s chastening in your life?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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