The Loving Discipline of God

Posted: September 23, 2009 in Sanctification

Hebrews 12:10b-11 “…But He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness. 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.”

Pain and affliction in the life of a Christian is necessary and is a good thing. It is so easy to get complacent and comfortable in our present circumstance, and yes, we can even get comfortable with the indwelling sin in our lives. God is a loving Father who is more committed to our good than we could ever be. So God, in His sovereignty, will use (and cause) many painful circumstances in our lives to progressively purge us of our idolatry. God is more concerned about our conformity to the image of Christ than our comfort or prosperity. Actually, if you are not under God’s loving discipline than be afraid, you may be illegitimate and not a child of God at all (Heb 12:8). If you truly are a child of God, he will break you and crush you if he must for the betterment of your soul. We must not view God’s discipline as hatred or condemnation, for Hebrews 12:6 is clear, “The Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” The loving discipline of God is an act of grace in the Christians life because it cleanses us of our filth, and causes us to hope in the only One that will satisfy.

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