Hebrews 12:8~If God doesn't discipline you as he does all of his children, it means you are illegitimate and are not really his children after all.
I don’t know about you, but my view on being disciplined is one of fear! Mostly because I don’t want to disappoint or hurt anyone, especially God!
Gosh, I just want to be obedient and full of Him so I don’t have to be disciplined. I really hate to do wrong. UGH! When I was a kid, if I did something wrong, all my Dad had to do was give me a look (You know that look right?) and I got a horrible stomach ache, knowing I had disappointed him. Growing into adulthood, I found myself viewing my relationship with God the same way. I didn’t want to disappoint Him. Which caused me to strive for perfection.
However, because I am not perfect, I do go off track, so when I am disciplined, I can rejoice because of his love for me. I am His! He is choosing the higher ground for me. He has chosen for me to thrive! BONUS: When I don’t resist Gods discipline, there isn’t as much pain involved! I can trust Him. He DOES love me, so, when He corrects me, it is with a heart of love for me! He sees who I am and wants me to live in that.
HIS correction is completely wrapped in love. It only hurts because of my pride, my fear, my doubt…If I can surrender when I am needing discipline, the process is complete and beautiful!
Have you ever received that kind of discipline from God? Where you felt His arms wrapped around you as HE is correcting you?