“To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.” Proverbs 12:1 (NLT)
To learn I have to love discipline? Who in their right mind loves discipline? I certainly don’t, but none the less, to hate correction is, as the Bible says, stupid. Can the Bible say that? And the answer is yes It did. I believe the Bible used such a powerful word here because it wanted to get the point across. It was meant to get our attention.
As most people, no one loves discipline. It is painful, no fun, and seems like a personal attack at the time. However, the Bible portrays it in quite a different light, a rather positive one.
“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.” Hebrews 12:11
So the Bible says that it is painful, however it also says that through it is produced righteousness and peace. Can you believe that! Righteousness and peace! That comes from being trained through discipline. Meaning we have to have experience it, we have to have been given it, we have to have accepted it, acted on it, received it, and even made some mistakes along the way. It’s all part of the training process. And not only are we disciplined by authority figures here on earth, but most of all by our Heavenly Father, the King of Kings, for it is He who is the main disciplinary on this earth.
“Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.” Job 5:17-18
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Hebrews 12:5-6
God says that we are not only blessed through his discipline, but more importantly that he disciplines us because he loves us. I personally have been disciplined by God on many occasions and it may not be something that I thought was pleasant at the time, but in the end I am thankful for his chastisement.
You see God is not being mean or laughing at our wrongs. In fact quite the opposite. He wants to see us succeed in life, he wants what’s best for us. Just as a parent corrects a child for a wrong, so does our Heavenly Father correct us, but he does it in a loving manner, to help us, not to tear us down nor hurt us. For example he tells us not to be drunk with alcohol. Why? Is it because he wants to take away something we may think is fun? No, it’s because he knows that if you drink too much you could end up hurting yourself, doing something crazy, or end up hurting someone else. So he tells us not to for our own benefit. Never does he ask us to do something just because he can; there is always a reason for what God does and we need to trust him in that.
Remember to hate correction is stupid… not my words, but Gods.
I love you all!