As hard as it is to obey as discussed yesterday in the Joy of Sanctification journey, the consequences of disobedience are usually unpleasant and often dreaded more. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just do what we wanted all the time and not worry about discipline? Unfortunately, lack of discipline shows lack of love from the Father and lack of spiritual growth for His children. The writer of Hebrews addresses this part of the sanctification process.
“And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons:
My son, do not take the Lord’s discipline lightly or faint when you are reproved by Him, for the Lord disciplines the one He loves and punishes every son He receives.
Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline—which all receive—then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had natural fathers discipline us, and we respected them. Shouldn’t we submit even more to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time based on what seemed good to them, but He does it for our benefit, so that we can share His holiness. No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness—without it no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:10-11, 14
God’s word encourages us to embrace the discipline He lovingly gives because it is for our benefit. God knows that it does not feel good, but it does bear great fruit of peace and righteousness in our lives and shows the world more of Christ living in us. The discipline found in the sanctification process allows us to share in God’s holiness.
Father God, may help us to accept the discipline we so desperately need at times despite our persistent complaints. May we view Your discipline as love for us that bears good fruit in our lives and draws us closer to You.
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