This is what God gave me today in his word:
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)
Fathers are to bring their children up in discipline. That’s a pretty clear, blatant statement. Nothing confusing about it. Just Paul stating another fact. The thing is that this also applies Spiritually. Fathers are to bring their children up Spiritually, yes, but the job of Spiritual discipline belongs entirely to our Heavenly Father, God. In fact, because the job of Spiritual discipline belongs to God, we don’t have to worry when any hardship comes our way. Let me explain:
Everything, good and bad, is sent by God… At least, by extension. He uses Satan as a tool. Take Job as an example. But that’s not the point. The point is that because every hardship comes from God, we don’t have to worry about any hardship. Everything, good or bad, is meant by God to build us up in some way; everything is meant to train us in righteousness and grow us in Christ. God disciplines, as compared to punishing. Here’s an example of the two; choose for yourself how they’re different:
Punishment: a father beating his kid angrily for something the kid did. This is neither constructive, helpful, or necessary, as I believe everyone would agree.
Discipline: something like a spanking. Done in love, and not injuring the person it’s directed towards. The goal is to make sure they know they did something wrong, not to hurt them. It’s to help them grow.
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” (Hebrews 12:6)
Christ took our punishment for us. He took the barrier that prevented us from becoming sons of God away; he tore the curtain from top to bottom. This is why we no longer have to be afraid of God except with a fear of His power. Not with a fear that He’ll use said power to vaporize us! Now any hardship we meet, we can be sure is a sign of God’s love for us rather than his hate. Jesus Himself makes this point in John 9:2-3 (i.e. That everything that happens to us is for our good and God’s glory):
2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. (John 9:2-3)
You are Loved!