Why God Spanks His Kids
Hebrews 12:5,6 – …My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him. There is a vast difference in discipline and judgment. Notice several contrasts: Discipline is for the child of God; it proceeds from the love of God the Father; it is for restoration, not retribution; and it is a proof of our salvation. On the other hand, judgment is for the sinner; it proceeds from the wrath of God as Judge; it is for retribution, not restoration; and there is no salvation in judgment.
A believer can respond negatively to God’s discipline in his life by despising His chastening and by giving up (fainting; becoming discouraged). As a child of God, one may receive more affliction in this life than the unsaved person—but when the Christian dies, his afflictions are over; when the unsaved person dies, his afflictions are just beginning.
By His discipline in our lives, God proves two things: first, that He loves us; and second, that we are truly the children of God. Hebrews 12:6 – … whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives. None of God’s children are exempted; all have to endure discipline. God disciplines us to help us, so that we may become holy as He is; we don’t enjoy being disciplined, for it is painful. But later, after we have learned from it, we enjoy His peace, because we respond positively and start living the right way. Hebrews 12:10,11 – (God chastens us) for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Just as a bee can take nectar from a sour flower and make honey, so we, as children of God and with faith in God, can learn something positive and useful from our trials.
Always remember: discipline proceeds from God’s love for us; discipline is for our good; discipline is proof of our sonship; discipline produces the fruit of righteousness in our lives; and discipline ends when we go to heaven. Thankfully, we have a Father who has promised to not only bless us, but also to discipline us when we need correction. His blessings and His discipline are proofs of His love!
Why God Spanks His Kids