Discipline and love

 

And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
Hebrews 12:5‭-‬13 NIV

The discipline scripture is another interesting scripture in the bible. So many people misunderstand the word chasten to mean punishment, and they do not understand it to mean discipline. Some still do not have a deep understanding if the word discipline since they only understand it to mean conclusive punishment. Discipline means process, it means a code of living and a code of accountability. God allows you to go through a process of life and accountability that sometimes feels tough. A few saints are willing to die to self in absolute surrender to God through discipline. However, discipline affirms your sonship. God does not require discipline from ilegitimacy, if you are not a son you love it when God disciplines you.

When you are a partaker of the process of discipline in the kingdom you are a partaker in holiness. A disciplined life clearly sets a tone for separation because you don’t do what everyone else does. You live under a different tone and pace. You eat according to a holy (unique) diet, you spend time with holy (unique) crowds, and Hebrews is clear that at the time of discipline it starts off painful, but later on it yields fruits of righteousness and peace. This reminds me of the gym, your first few visits are painful, your muscles have to adjust to this new routine but discipline will adjust and retone your body into health and this is why Hebrews ends with something interesting. Discipline is training that will bring healing… Are you disciplined?

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