“That hurt!!” These words have been shouted from all of my children at one time or another. My response, “it was supposed to hurt, punishment isn’t meant to be enjoyable.” Now before you pass judgment, I rarely spank my children. However, if the crime calls for it, so be it. I am more prone to take away luxuries or extra activities which garners the response, “that’s so unfair!” Yep…it is. But how well would my children and yours turn out if they were never held accountable for their behavior? What kind of adults would they become?
Then there is the discipline we receive from God as his children.
“My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when He corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those He loves and He punishes each one He accepts as his child.”
It is the same with our heavenly Father as it is with parents. Discipline is given out of love, not as a form of torture! It is meant to better us and train us in how we should live. It hurts, it feels unfair, but it is necessary. Don’t let God’s discipline set you back. On the contrary, be encouraged that He loves you enough to care and wants to see you reach your “peaceful harvest of right living.” Perhaps all He thinks you need is a little “time-out”….don’t argue, just have a seat.