Disciplined…Because He Loves Us.

Lanita Perez

"Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 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 12:7-11).

As a child I never enjoyed discipline nor did I understand it. Yet, as an adult I still feel the same about not finding joy in discipline, but correction is necessary. God’s discipline can come, because of a consequence of sin. Sometimes discipline is used to change the course or direction of our lives to bring what God wants for us to the forefront of our attention. No matter why we experience God’s discipline the hope is that we will become better because of it.

I may not enjoy the discipline God puts me through, but I do find joy in the results because:

When our house burned down, I learned to be thankful for any place to live.
When my mom and dad divorced, I learned to allow God to be my parent.
When I was laid off, I learned that God had given me an opportunity to learn new things.
When my mom became ill, I learned to seek resources to care for her.
When I didn’t have a car, I learned to walk and get more exercise.
When I became a mother and my children misbehaved, I learned how to be patient.
When my daughter was born, I learned to be compassionate for the sick.
When my son threw tantrums, I learned to creatively discipline.
When I married, I learned to respect and submit.
And the list goes on and on…
“Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty" (Job 5:17).

When my daughter was in preschool I had a difficult time disciplining her, because of her chronic heart condition. I always felt so bad putting her through hardship, because of what she was already suffering. Then God’s word reminded me that discipline is necessary and it gave me the courage I needed to follow through. I remember one particular time I disciplined my daughter and she looked up at me and said “mom when you discipline me it helps me to behave better." My response was, “Wow, and so it is with me and God.” The boundaries that we learn from being disciplined help us to actively stay within those limits. If we were allowed to do and act in whatever way we want, we would destroy ourselves and others. Discipline grows us and teaches us in a way that no other way can.

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