We don’t enjoy being disciplined. It always seems to cause more pain than joy. But later on, those who learn from that discipline have peace that comes from doing what is right.
Strengthen your tired arms and weak knees. Keep walking along straight paths so that your injured leg won’t get worse. Instead, let it heal. (Hebrews 12:10-13 GW)
I've noticed that each of the past few generations have a different stance on disciplining children. Basically, it vacillates between strict and permissive.
This seems to be reflective of what can be seen of spiritual discipline. Not within the church, but in a person's life. God is both merciful and gracious. If we don't pursue spiritual discipline ourselves, He provides the means for us to receive it. When we embrace it, it benefits us and we mature and grow spiritually. ©Word-Strong_2014