The Lord Disciplines those He Loves

Scripture: Proverbs 3:11-12, ‘My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.’

 

Observations: Again this is the advice of a father to his son, and he wants his son to realize that the Lord’s discipline is not capricious or vindictive, but evidence of God’s love. God disciplines those he loves. This of course presumes that you have a relationship with God, that you are in fact a child of God. Without that relationship it’s not discipline, but judgment, and it’s not done in love but anger. However, for those who do have a relationship with God in Jesus Christ, God will discipline us when we go astray, not in order to hurt us, but to encourage us to return to him. So rather than despising or resenting God’s discipline we ought to listen to it, repent of our sin, and commit to doing God’s will. And we need to always remember that God is disciplining us because he loves us, because he delights in us, because he wants what is best for us. We discipline our own children for exactly the same reasons, because we can see where their behaviour leads and we don’t want that for them. We discipline our children because we want what is best for them.

 

Application: God allows difficulties and consequences and even our consciences to confront us with our sin, so that we will repent and return to him. Often God will use his word, or a sermon, or even other people to confront our sin. So if you feel guilty about something, or if someone has challenged you about something, or you know something isn’t right in your life, how are you responding? Are you despising or resenting what God is doing or saying in your life, or are you repenting and obeying his discipline? Remember that no matter what happens in your life, whether you’re experiencing blessing or discipline, the one unchangeable truth is that in Christ God loves you, in fact he delights in you.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I know that because of what Jesus has done for me that I am Your son, and not only that but You delight in me. And because of that You delight to bless me and give me good things. But You also want what is best for me, and because of that You will not abide sin in my life, which leads to brokenness, grief, and destruction. Lord, help me to see your discipline for what it is, and help me to respond in repentance and obedience. Lord, may I not despise or resent Your discipline, but may I allow it t change me into the person You want me to become. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

P.S – If you want to read more about God’s discipline read Hebrews 12:1-12.

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