For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Hebrews 12:11 ESV
For some reason Christians don’t think we should have to endure discipline. What kind of Father would God be if He did not discipline us. Everyone of us goes astray at times and needs to be brought back in line.
The Hebrew writer says that God’s discipline bears peaceful fruit. If we think about it, that really is true. We all know that an undisciplined life is an unhappy life. Just think of children you know that didn’t receive good discipline while growing up. In the long run they don’t lead very happy lives. But, those that are raised with good discipline live much happier lives. Disciplined people are happy people.
Most of us are more than happy to accept forgiveness from God. We must accept His discipline as well. It is out of love that He disciplines us. He does it so we can be happy and complete.
Discipline is only effective on those that accept it. When one balks at discipline they find their situation worse instead of better. So today, let’s be just as willing to receive God’s discipline as well as His forgiveness.
© 2013 Leo J. Woodman