Who you are right now Is the result of the many components from your childhood. One of it is discipline. Growing up, we disliked our parents for disciplining us; we might have even hated them sometimes for it. Now that I’m older, I’ve realized that those disciplinary actions were necessary to lead me to the right path.
I don’t know about your childhood but I grew up with parents who never tolerated my wrongdoings. There was always an action taken after a mistake. They were painful but it made me the person I am today- not yet perfect but headed to the right direction.
Discipline corrects and teaches us. Just as it is our parents’ way of showing us that they love us, so too it is God’s way of showing how much He loves us. He loves us for who we are but because of His love, He doesn’t want us to remain just as we are. So, when God sees that we’re on the wrong track, He gladly intervenes to bring us back to the right one.
God’s discipline can be really painful. Sometimes, it can hit us rock bottom. But you know the saying “When you’re down, there’s no way but up?” That’s true after you go through God’s discipline. I’ve recently experienced God’s discipline and it was one of the downiest moment of my life but at the same time it gave me so much peace. God’s discipline reminded me that I can’t do things on my own and I needed to depend on His grace in my everyday life.
The thought of God’s discipline can be very scary. So, we try to run away from it and justify our mistakes on our own. But at the end of the day, it will leave our hearts restless and in pain. All we have to do is to accept God’s discipline.
4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 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,
6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”[a]
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 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! 10 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. 11 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.
I. God is treating us as His children. (v.7)
- When my Dad was younger, he was wondering if he truly was God’s child because it seems like he was just getting away from his mistakes with no discipline from God. When he finally went through discipline, he was glad because it meant that he’s a legitimate child of God.
- If you’re going through God’s discipline, be glad because it means you’re God’s child. If not and you’re constantly sinning, I think it’s time to evaluate your relationship with God.
II. God wants us to share with His holiness (v.10)
- God’s discipline sanctifies us. Our hardships are opportunities for us to grow in his likeness as we rely on God. His discipline will only take a little while for our good so that we can share in His holiness for eternity.
III. God wants us to harvest righteousness and peace (v.11)
- Discipline is never pleasant but painful. However, after being trained by it, it produces righteousness and peace. As a result, we will be pleasing in the eyes of our Lord.
My ultimate goal in life is to see Jesus smiling at me as I walk to Him on judgment day because that means I’ve become the person He wanted me to become. That’s a beautiful sight. But I will never be that person if I won’t go through His discipline.
I’ve learned that there’s no escaping God’s discipline and there’s no other way around it. All we can do is to accept it gratefully, and we’ll become the best version of ourselves because of it.