October 16

Written by Bill Grandi on October 16th, 2018

Discipline. I didn’t like it as a child; I don’t like it as an adult. Even though I know why and understand it better, that does not mean I like it any better. Hebrews is very clear as to why God disciplines us: “…but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness, for the moment all discipline seems painful than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

The point about discipline is that it is not punishment. That’s where I got mixed up as a kid, and for the longest time got mixed up as an adult. I saw God’s discipline for me as punishment because I didn’t measure up; or wasn’t good enough; or disappointed God one more time. My understanding cleared when I came to see that it is not dependent on me and my goodness, or my behavior, but on God’s love for me.

God is producing His character in me. Everything happening to me-good, bad, ugly, or indifferent-is happening so I can grow and develop into His likeness.

“Father, help me not to resent what is happening, what you are doing in my life. Your desire is to change me, to mold me into your likeness. I want your righteousness to be the fruit of my life.”

 

2 Comments so far ↓

  1. So vitally important to see discipline as different from punishment. That took me a long time to understand, too, Bill.
    Blessings!

  2. floyd samons says:

    It’s amazing that we’re shown so much grace when we’ve earned zero.

    It takes time and wisdom from our Father to see things correctly.