Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Hebrews 12:4-7

5And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."7Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?

Discipline is such a hard thing to accept. Ever since we were children it is something we never looked forward to or enjoyed. We usually try to avoid discipline. But it is exactly that discipline which can save us by preventing that wrong behavior from occurring again. Discipline is used to correct our behavior that, left unchanged, can cause serious pain and/or death. God disciplines us to save our lives; to save our souls. God disciplines us because he loves us. This passage in Hebrews also makes the connection between hardship and discipline. Hard times and suffering are also an opportunity to grow and gain proper perspective. We are to endure hard times and know that God is using these tough times to grow us up and make us into who he wants us to be and who he can ultimately use for his purpose. Endure, persevere and know that in it all God is showing you love. I realize it is easier said than done, but nevertheless it is truth. Here’s another bit of encouragement. God disciplines, but he also shows us through his Word how to live correctly and through Jesus and God’s grace he teaches us how to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions. God disciplines, but he also teaches us, he instructs, and he transforms us.

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