Hebrews 12:5, 6 - The Lord Disciplines The One He Loves.
Hebrews 12:5, 6 (NIV) "My son, do not make
light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose
heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord
disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he
accepts as a son."
It's a fundamental truth, not a throwaway
cliche, that God loves you too much to leave you as
you are. He will therefore work in your life and
in your heart to make you more like Christ.
Don't misunderstand God's discipline in
your life. It is not spiritual warfare and an
attack from the enemy. It is not a sign that God
does not love you or has abandoned you. It is
instead an indication that God loves you deeply and
is determined that you experience His very
The word chastening reflects this truth.
The Greek means "correction, discipline,
training, and nurturing, with the goal of improving
one's character." Just as our human parents
corrected us because they loved us, our heavenly
Father will reprove and discipline us because He
loves us. When He sees us straying from His path,
He will not sit by idly and watch. When He sees
us falling into sin, He will not ignore it.
When He sees us getting lazy in our devotion, He
will allow us to suffer the consequences. He will
love us with persistent and transforming love.
That's what a loving Parent does. He will bring to
bear on our lives whatever is needed so our lives
become like Christ's and bring honor to Him. [Being
Still With God Every Day by Henry Blackaby]
A Mark of Gods Love
Have you ever wondered what the phrase
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me
means? Lets remember what David said a few
verses earlier: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall
not want (Psalm 23:1 NKJV).
David, a shepherd himself, would have
carried two very critical tools: A rod and a staff.
A staff was basically a long instrument with a
crook on the end to pull a wayward sheep back into
line. But then there was the rod, which is
The shepherd would use the rod to defend
his sheep against predators. But he might also
have to use it to get a wayward sheeps
attention. One quick whack, and the sheep paid
Were just like those sheep. The Lord
is our Shepherd, and sometimes He tells us not
to do something. But we do it anyway. So He
says, Dont do that. And we keep doing it.
Then God essentially says, Dont make me use
this. Yet we continue to disobey.
Whack! Now the Lord has our attention.
Its hard for us to believe that God would allow
a hardship in our lives because He loves us.
It seems that He would want to protect His
children from all difficulties.
But remember, the Lord wants us to mature
in our faith. And one of the marks of Gods
love for us is discipline, because the Bible says
that God disciplines the one that He loves (see
Just as a shepherd takes care of his
sheep, the Lord takes care of us. And when God
disciplines us, its an indication that we are His
That discipline might be something that
seems like the worst-case scenario at the time.
But ultimately, it can be the very thing that
actually brings us to our senses. [Greg Laurie from
Harvest Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com]
Because the Lord disciplines the one he
loves Hebrews 12:6 (NLV)
My pandemic year as a non-career high
school teacher vividly reminded me: Boundaries are
loving, not punitive, selfish, or mean.
I was hired to teach English during the
historic 2020-2021 school year. After months of
isolation, a string of teachers, COVID-19 stress, and
related drama, the students were confused, scared,
and acting out a lot. Many were facing problems
at home too.
An enthusiastic novice teacher, I
resolved to be firm, patient, and loving. I did
really well being loving and patient. I want to say
firm, too, but that's not true. With misguided
compassion, I gave the kids too much latitude. I was
endlessly patient with disruptive behavior. I didn't
strictly enforce homework deadlines. I gave out candy
just because. Halfway through the term, I had a
bunch of failing students and my most challenging
classes were extremely unruly. Plus, I was burned
out and resentful. I had no one to blame but
As I prayed to Jesus each day, it became
clear I needed tougher boundaries. I intuitively
knew this, but my people-pleaser self resisted.
Still, it had to be done. I got stricter,
dispensing consequences promptly. I dropped rewards
unless they were merited. I raised the bar. Almost
overnight, the kids fell in line. Their grades
improved. The classroom was more peaceful and orderly.
The kids were more respectful with each other
and with me. I was happier too.
Indeed, clear boundaries and wise
discipline were needed not just for my students but for
me too. With Jesus's help, we all made it
through the COVID-19 school year. Isabella
Faith Step: Are you feeling resentful,
frustrated or abused? Ask Jesus if a boundary is
needed. [Mornings With Jesus 2023 Devotional by
Guideposts and Zondervan]
Doing Things We Never Thought Possible
No discipline is enjoyable while it is
happening - it's painful! But afterward there will be
a peaceful harvest of right living for those
who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:11 NLT
At first, discipline comes with pain. Our
muscles are sore when we start a new activity or
raise the challenge to a new level. We're tired.
We may even experience cravings for our old
ways of eating or living as change takes us into
Over time, though, the discipline becomes
a habit. We become accustomed to movement and
the slight soreness of exercised muscles. It's a
good feeling to increase the weight or the
duration as our strength builds. We feel a sense of
accomplishment. The cravings soon fade away. The unfamiliar
becomes familiar and we feel peaceful because we
know we're living well.
So when the discipline is painful, we can
keep going if we fix our eyes on the peaceful
harvest ahead. God will be with us in the process,
helping us to do what we never thought possible.
Fix your eyes on the peaceful harvest
ahead that comes with diligent training. [The
Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional]
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