Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Discipline

Discipline! No one likes it, but we all need it. And because God loves us as His children, He never skimps on our spiritual training. Instead of a quick slap on the wrist, our correction may include the agonizing experience of being confronted with who we are and why we behave the way we do. Hebrews 12 summarizes the process with refreshing honesty: "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" (vs 11).

We are told not to despise the Lord's chastening and not to be discouraged when He rebukes us, because it all flows from His love (vs 5-6). Without God's tough love, where would we be today?

Because our Father's heart is grieved
Each time we go astray
He lifts His chastening hand in love
To help us choose His way
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