Hebrews 12:5-11

And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him.” Hebrews 12:5

Have you ever doubted God’s love for you? In times of crisis, we are often tempted to blame God, or to accuse Him of instigating our pain.

Oftentimes, believers feel that God is punishing them for a sin they may have committed. It is important to understand the difference between punishment and discipline. PUNISHMENT is God executing His judgment upon the wicked. DISCIPLINE is God’s correction of His children in order to protect them from further disobedience and harmful consequences.

You may wonder how God can discipline us and love us at the same time. The answer lies in Hebrews 12:5-6. Because God loves you, He wants to bless you with opportunities to grow in faith. As your faith increases, your trust in Him will increase, and your life will show the evidence of maturity.

If you feel that you are experiencing a period of discipline from God, do not resist it. God wants to use you in a mighty way. First, He must file away the rough spots in your life. Trust Him and be assured of His undying love as He shapes you into a beautiful vessel that He can use.

Father, I fear discipline, yet I know I cannot become who You want me to be without it. I give You my heart. I trust You to govern it as only a loving parent would.

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