God’s Discipline #535

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11, ESV)

I know very few children who desire the pain that discipline causes. Yet, when it is applied according to God’s word, the child is better for it. The objective of instructive and corrective discipline is training in righteous living. Parents discipline their children because they love them, and God disciplines His children, too (Heb. 12:3-7). Times of trial and “striving against sin” train us to trust the Lord more completely. Remember, discipline is an action of love, so accept its training and bear its good fruit in your life. Only the devil and those who serve his purposes will try to convince you to despise the Lord’s discipline.