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.
Do you know that being a parent is a beautiful, yet harrowing position. It calls us to not only love with affection, but to love through discipline. A discipline that is a consequential in rearing happy, healthy, and morally grounded children.
We know through experience, by either being a son or daughter, or being a caretaker, that most parents seek discipline to teach a child responsibility. To hold a child accountable for their actions. To rear solid, and morally sound, adolescents. People who fill our schools, homes, and communities.
The goal for each of these children is to one day be a strong and secure adult. A mighty pillar for our communities and businesses.
We should all agree that we desire communities filled with individuals who were taught self-control, kindness, and compassion—along with a self-awareness. One that teaches each person that they can be anything that God has created them to be.
Our Father, in Heaven, Our Almighty Creator, He parents us much in the same way.
In many respects he is both mother and father. He is a loving, patient, and calming nurturer. As well as a no-nonsense father of order and discipline. Parenting as he pours out his love and reprove from his place on the throne.
You see, Jehovah is not just our God; “He is our Father.” He who gives and pours out his love all the days of our lives. Rearing us, molding us, and mending our lives through love and discipline. A discipline that oftentimes doesn’t feel good.
However, thinking back to your youth when has discipline ever felt good? Let’s take a look at the definition of discipline.
Discipline—“the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.”
Well there you have it oftentimes using punishment to correct, “disobedience.” You see Our Father in Heaven is the most important and influential figure in our lives. Correcting us in all the right places.
There are several verses in scripture with firm instruction as to why God disciplines. Let’s take a look at a few.
Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but he who [loves] their children is careful to discipline him.
My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he [loves,] as a father the son in whom he delights.
And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,and chastises every son whom he receives.”
So, beloved, my point is to show you that without a shadow of a doubt “God is your Father.” That He loves and adores you more than you could ever imagine, and just as any biological father reprimands his child , so does God the Father.
He does so with a deep, pure and innate understanding of who you are, and what you are in need of.
Scripture is clear, that our Father knows everything about each one of us. So much so, that he even knows the exact number of hairs on your head.
You see, God knows you from the inside and out.
Before I formed you I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
Now, is everyone a Prophet? No, but some are, and in the days we face, they are essential to hearing what the Lord is conveying. However, all of creation is known by our Father long before the foundations of the earth.
The Lord has one goal, to see each of you rise in His righteousness and not your own. To be all He has created you to be, both big and small in the eyes of the worldly.
Because we have no righteousness without Him.
Now, one more thing that is important to mention. The earth has now targeted God as the reason for the chaos on Earth. The godless place blame on Christ for what the devils is doing. Which is a blatant lie. Do not listen!
The devil is a liar.
'The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full."
Now, the Lord does not want you to despise the days of small beginnings, or His loving reprimand. Because both are being used are to build your character and demeanor.
Because one day soon, if you do the right thing, God will give you back, all that the devil stole from you.
Remember, in the pressing is where the oil of love, self-control, Joy, peace, and gladness comes from.
“The Father’s Love And Discipline”
God Bless You,
Christine’s Cornerstone Ministries