Hebrews 12:8-11 “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.”
I read and experienced myself that parents see the benefits of discipline more easily than children. To a child, the idea that being punished because parents love you, never quite is the idea that comes to mind. From a child’s perspective, a parent’s loving discipline may seem unfair at the time, as they are too young to see that the lessons are being done for our own good, so they question and doubt the parent’s motives. Dr. Mark Beach asks: But, what about God’s discipline? As mature believers, are we grateful for it” Do we see His love in it, or do we childishly not view God’s disciple through clearer lens and question God’s wisdom and motives? Sometimes, in spiritual maturity, we need a reminder, as we slip into a forgetfulness of God’s Word that God’s fatherly discipline is actually an “exhortation” or an “encouragement”. We must not make light of the Lord’s discipline, nor lose heart because it is a positive, encouraging, and good corrective training action, not a negative or malicious action. They demonstrate that God has not abandoned or forgotten us as His sons and daughters by His fatherly care.