In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“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.”
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level paths for your feet,”so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
None of us like being disciplined! Correction is never fun. But like any loving father, God graciously challenges and corrects our wrong thinking. He uses the everyday circumstances we face to expose our idols, sin, and misunderstandings about Him, and then with the precision of a surgeon, He cuts it away and shows us the better way In Him. This pain is a glorious and beautiful grace!
Reflect for a moment… Where are the places he is cutting away? Where is He calling you towards truth and health?
Confess your resistance to His loving discipline and surrender your hear to Him. He cherishes you! Trust Him to do a good work in you and take a new grip of His grace, gain your strength and press into His loving correction.
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