February 8, 2007 1:25pm CST
"All chastening seemeth for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yieldeth peaceable fruit unto them that have been exercised thereby, even the fruit of righteousness." No one likes being disciplined. No one enjoys hard times. But sometimes it's necessary. If a parent doesn't discipline their child properly, the child will never grow into a healthy and happy adult. A spoiled child causes trouble, not only for those around him, but for himself as well. A good parent doesn't discipline the child because they get some perverse joy out of it. They do it because they know that it is what the child needs. In a lot of ways, we are God's children. He is trying to raise us so that we might be a blessing to those around us. He wants us to be more like Him. Often that means that we need discipline. God doesn't do this because He wants to see us hurt. He does this because He wants to see us grow in our faith. Just like that child might become bitter and angry at his parents, often we become angry with God when we are being disciplined. But with maturity, we learn to see discipline as the loving act that it is. We look back at the difficulties that shaped us into who we are today, and if we're honest with ourselves, we realize that they were good for us in the long run. Can you think of a time when God disciplined you? Can you thank Him today for the good that discipline brought about in your life?
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8 Feb 07
I have been disciplined many times in my life,for differet things,and sometimes I have ask God for things that I selfishly ask for and he has granted me that and have lived to regret it..Yes i know what chastetisment is..I do not get angry at God because I usually deserve what i get.I think that all my errors and wrong decicions have taught me a lot of things yes I do..I appreciate the displine that I have gotten ,but as you say its rough to go through,but i can say that even through the bad times God was always there with me to give me strength through those times..I do believe that we are given parents to teach us and to displine us when we do wrong..I think god expects us to do that but in a loving way,because he also says not to prevoke your children to anger and wrath..I was told one time by a Godly man of God how to avoid Gods wrath and I have tried to stay true to this saying and it has kelpt me out of a lot of displine,and I will tell you what he told me.."He said in order to reap good things always remember to sow good things...so i try to do that,sometimes we fail but i notice if i do that i come out the winner every time..
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11 Feb 07
The more you are closer to God he disciplines you more as he considers you as his real children if we do not folow his ways he doesn't worry too much too discipline you at each and every point, I have disciplined a lot by God, anyway I don't mind as though it is very difficult my charachter is refined with it.