Love of Discipline

Proverbs 12:1

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.

You can probably recall your parents saying it to you or maybe you’ve even said it yourself “This is for your own good.”  Nobody truly enjoys discipline.  A police officer has never been thanked for pulling somebody over for speeding because the offender learned a lesson and won’t do it again.

Nevertheless discipline is good.  When a child touches a hot stove they don’t need to be disciplined to learn their lesson.  But if they walk out onto the street or are too near the road discipline is needed before they hurt themselves.

Hebrews 12:5-6 says “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”

We don’t have to enjoy it when we fall under God’s discipline but we should rejoice because it means He loves us and is concerned about it.  God cares about us and wants only the best for us.  He doesn’t want us to hurt ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, or most of all spiritually.  Sometimes God says no and we should be happy about that.

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