“If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He 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.” – Hebrews 12:7-11
The discipline or rather “chastening” referred to in this passage of scripture involves nurturing, education and punishment for the purpose of correcting a rebellious spirit and to bring about the perfection of moral character and behavior that will lead to Spiritual wellness, wholeness and eternal life.
It is not out of anger but out of love that we are disciplined.
It is not to injure but to save that we are chastened.
It is evidence of our adoption as children of God.
“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” – Proverbs 3:11-12
REJOICE THAT WE ARE TREATED AS CHILDREN BELONGING TO GOD!
AGAIN I SAY, REJOICE!!!