Discipline is oftentimes seen as a “hard” thing. We all admit to hating discipline. However, it is training that corrects, molds, perfects or produces moral or mental improvement. Disciplining is really supposed to be a labor of love – God’s original intent.
The Message Bible says it like this: “Don’t shrug off God’s discipline, but don’t be crushed by it either. It’s the child he loves that he disciplines; the child he embraces, he also corrects. God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children . . . At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God.” – Hebrews 12:5-11
Discipline from your parents is necessary and it should let you know how much you are loved. Discipline may come in different forms, some quiet urges and others strong suggestions. Either way it separates you from trouble. The key is to understand that it takes discipline to keep you focused. Ask any athlete, musician, singer, dancer, doctor, comedian, chef . . . we could go on and on but hopefully you get the point.
In what ways do you sense God disciplining you? Maybe He’s calling you to spend time with Him each day. Or perhaps He wants you to break a habit instead of starting one. Are you willing?
It is amazing that He loves us so much that He continues to discipline us. Think about it. Jesus went to the cross, suffered a terrible death and came back to save you! There is no way, with all that He suffered for you, that He is not going to do everything He can to make you into the best that you can be. The same goes for our parents who may not have purchased their dream car or vacation home (yet) because they wanted you to go to a good school. They are not going to give up on you by not disciplining you. Those that the Lord loves He disciplines (chastens). You’ve heard the old saying, “This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.” That is because discipline works for our good.