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No Pain, No Gain? Yep! The Good Side Of Discipline

Raise your hand if you like to be disciplined. If you’re like the rest of the world, your hand didn’t go up just then. The truth is, from a young age til our more advanced ones, we don’t like to be corrected. We don’t like to be told that we’re wrong. And we certainly don’t like the consequences of our wrongdoing. However, discipline itself isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it can be quite the beautiful thing. Kevin Groves explains why in today’s blog.

DISCIPLINE IS AN INTENTIONAL, INDIVIDUAL PROCESS

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“The Lord loves those whom He disciplines” – Hebrews 12:6

Having braces put on your teeth can be a very trying experience. Some of you know this first-hand. The dentist puts them on to bring teeth into alignment. He achieves this by slowly tightening the braces over a one to three year period of time, slowly adding tension to them until the teeth are where they should be. Not exactly an enjoyable process.

Now suppose the dentist decided to tighten the braces three years-worth… in just 24 hours! Your teeth would be destroyed. And even if your teeth could withstand the force, you probably couldn’t endure the pain.

Our Christian lives are like this. God is always tightening or adjusting our circumstances, slowly but surely bringing us into alignment with His Holy Spirit. It’s easy for us to expect God to ‘adjust us’ on our own time-table, or even ‘adjust’ someone else because we think God should. But that’s not how His discipline works. 

God knows what each of us need and when we need it. He knows what we can take, and what we can’t handle. In other words, our spiritual growth is in His time and based on the big picture He sees, not our immediate view, or anyone else’s for that matter.

DISCIPLINE IS FOR OUR GOOD

Philippians 1:6 says “being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

This verse may be a familiar one that often gives you encouragement about how God is working in your life. But sometimes that working of the Lord involves discipline. It’s true that God has begun an amazing work in you as a believer. And in His time, His adjusting and correcting, He’ll finish that work… He promised!

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