Enduring Correction

WS-devo_PMSYou are struggling against sin, but your struggles have not yet caused you to be killed. You have forgotten the encouraging words that call you his children: “My child, don’t think the Lord’s discipline is worth nothing, and don’t stop trying when he corrects you. The Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as his child.” So hold on through your sufferings, because they are like a father’s discipline.

God is treating you as children. All children are disciplined by their fathers. If you are never disciplined (and every child must be disciplined), you are not true children.

We have all had fathers here on earth who disciplined us, and we respected them. So it is even more important that we accept discipline from the Father of our spirits so we will have life. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭4-9‬ NCV)

No one likes correction, not immediately. Neither do we like to be disciplined or accept punishment, even though it's deserved. And it is easy to claim, "It's not fair"!

This is one of the more difficult things for believers and non-believers to understand. "Why would a loving God discipline, correct or punish anyone?"

The short answer—so we won't be spoiled brats, and so we develop a nature like His. ©Word-Strong_2014