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Discipline

Attila Juhas

"Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent."  Revelation 3:19

One of the hardest things for me as a father to two beautiful young daughters is to discipline them when they do something wrong.  When I was a kid, I had a hard time believing my parents when they told me: "this hurts me more than it hurts you", but it became a reality to me now.  I would much rather just overlook the wrong and let my daughters get away with it than to have to teach them a valuable lesson.  But, if I ignore it, then they will not understand the seriousness of sin, and it will come back to hurt them later on in life.  So, as a loving father, my God given responsibility is to lovingly discipline them when they disobey.

The same way, God, our Heavenly Father, does not delight in disciplining us when we disobey.  But, if we want to grow spiritually, we have to understand the seriousness of sin.  He loves us too much to let us destroy our life, so He disciplines us whenever we start going down the wrong path.  Our reaction to His discipline is extremely important. We can grow bitter, resent the discipline, and harden our hears to the Lord, or we can understand the loving nature of the discipline and repent of the sin.  To "repent" means to turn around, to make a U-turn.  Turn completely away from the sin.  Turn back to the Lord.

So, if you're experiencing God's discipline in you're life, be encouraged.  It is only a sign that you are God's child, and that He loves you.  He cares enough about you to discipline you.  He loves you too much to leave you in the condition you are in now.  Tell God that you're sorry about the sin, that you're sorry enough to stop.

"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

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