It’s For Your Own Good
“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.”
– Hebrews 12:6
I recall those times growing up when my behavior would require discipline on my parent’s part. In particular, I remember telling my mom that I liked my dad more than her because she wouldn’t let me do something I wanted to do. Rare occasions like that would usually result in an old-fashioned “whoopin’! Which would be followed by my parents saying, “This hurts me more than it does you.” Oh, really? I don’t think so! Looking back, there were times when I probably should have been disciplined but wasn’t. I also remember one occasion when I was disciplined for something I didn’t do, which resulted in a quick apology from my dad. As a parent, knowing when to discipline and when not to isn’t always easy. One thing is for sure – none of us would say that we enjoy being disciplined. I may not have realized it in that moment, but looking back I know that my parents disciplined me out of love for me and their desire to see me learn that there were consequences for my actions.
The same can be said with our Heavenly Father. As believers, we are forgiven of our sins the moment we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. That doesn’t mean we are perfect and will never be disobedient or never do anything wrong. When we make bad choices, there will still be consequences to our actions. David is a perfect example of this. Not only did he sin through adultery and murder, but he also tried to cover it up! But God loved David. And when David confessed to all he had done, God forgave him. But David still had to face the consequences of what he had done.
We all have had those times in our lives when we’ve had to face God’s discipline. I’ve definitely had my share. It’s not a pleasant thing to be corrected or disciplined by God. But His discipline serves a purpose. It helps restore the fellowship with God that is broken by sin in our life. It helps us to grow stronger in our faith. Proverbs 3:11-12 says, “Do not despise the Lord’s instruction, my son, and do not loathe His discipline, for the Lord disciplines the one He loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.”
So when those times of discipline come, we can respond by being angry or resentful, thinking we don’t deserve it, or by having a “pity party”. Or, we can be grateful that we have a Father who loves us and desires to see us learn and grow in our faith. Whenever discipline is needed by our Father, we need to strive for gratefulness and be secure in the Father’s love for us.
Pray: Father, thank You for Your Son, Jesus, and the forgiveness of sin that we have through His shed blood. Thank You for the fellowship we can have with You as a result of what Christ did for us, and that we are now considered Your sons and daughters. But even as Your children, we sometimes make wrong choices, and those choices can lead to our needing discipline. When those times come, help us to avoid resentfulness or self-pity and to use them as opportunities to grow in our relationship with You. Thank you for loving us enough and caring for us enough to help us become all that You desire us to be as we walk with You. Amen
Pastoral Administrative Assistant
First Baptist Broken Arrow