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Discipline

21 May

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? (Hebrews 12:4-7)

God will discipline us when we do wrong. Not because he’s cruel, just the opposite, because He loves us. He doesn’t like seeing us falling back into a pattern of sin, and so will stop us, and give us a little reminder that that’s the wrong way to go. He gives us the “reminder”, by disciplining us. The discipline could be something as dramatic as actual death; such as when the Corinthians were mistreating the communion [See: 1 Corinthians 11:29-30], or it could be something else entirely, but God will make it known to us that we’re on the wrong track. – Note: Not all deaths, or sickness, is a result of sin! [See: John 9:1-3] – But to be sure, He will make it known.

God sent His son to die for us, and to rise again three days later, to free us from slavery to sin, and to become our Abba, Father. It is the height of arrogance to think that after making such a sacrifice for us, that God would simply ignore His children! No, He watches out for us, and applies due discipline to keep us on the way He wants us to go. God could force us to obey Him. Just like a father could have a robot for a son. But He doesn’t, because He wants us to make “the right choices” of our own “free will”. Now, granted, He’ll put us into circumstances where we have no choice other than the correct one, but He still wants us to choose it ourselves.

So rather than face God’s discipline, let’s use the strength which God gives us to stand firm.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Delivered Through Love

 

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4 responses to “Discipline

  1. marcusampe

    May 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Those who love God shall soon enough feel the Hand of the Master, and feel blessed that there is given discipline in such a way that they can grow.
    I totally agree that God is the Ultimate authority on every matter.

     
  2. marcusampe

    May 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    The important thing is that God wants us to choose for whatever we voluntary want. He is not a dictator who punishes those who are against Him or do something what He does not like.
    With His Word He has made available for those who want to listen to it, He gives guidance so that we can avoid difficulties. When we as human do things wrong we shall have to encounter the reaction of nature or from other people around us. Whatever we do comes back to us one way or the other. But not as a punishment from God.

     
    • Joshua Cleveland

      May 23, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      Hi Marcus, thank’s for stopping by.

      I agree, God isn’t a dictator, rather, He’s God. I believe that God gives His word to people so that they’ll know what to do, and how to do it, and what not to do. But He’d be cruel to just leave us to our own devices after that. What Father would ever give his children a list of rules they must obey, and then just leave them alone? It’s not dictatorship for God to discipline those He loves.

      I agree, whatever we do comes back to us, and I also agree that it doesn’t come back as a punishment from God. There’s a big difference between punishment, and discipline. God disciplines those He loves, so that they’ll learn to do right, and He uses reactions of nature, or people around us, to do that. God punishes those He doesn’t love. e.g. He punishes those who refuse Him.

      God is God. He’s the ultimate authority on every matter, I believe you’d agree with that. God has the power to give His children a set of rules, and then when they disobey them, to discipline them, so that they’ll learn. As the verse I used in Hebrews says:

      For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”

      Thank’s for your comment Marcus,

      Joshua

      P.S. Sorry it took so long for me to respond to you, I only just saw this comment now. My spam filter software sometimes is over-sensitive, and it accidentally put your comment into my spam folder, which I rarely check.

       

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