Right after seeing the portrait of Christ that keeps us from “grow(ing) weary or faint-hearted” (Hebrews 12:3), we have another strong instruction that is very important for our maturity and helps us keep our eye on the prize. Read these verses below and listen to God speaking to you.
“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”” (12:5–6).
Discipline of parents is usually never a pleasing thing for any child. But here we are reading about “the discipline of the Lord.” We are not to “lightly” regard His discipline. That phrase “regard lightly” means to give it “little value or look down, despise or have contempt on it.” This is often done because we fail to look at the end result of what God is doing in our lives that will ultimately bring Him glory and make our lives more fruitful.
When God touches our lives with discipline over a long period of time, we often become frustrated (“weary”) and even cynical about what we are going through. What we often don’t realize is that the Lord’s love is in what He allows us to go through. The sooner we see this, the more we will sense His support and the relationship we have as a “son.” When we understand what the Lord is doing, we will be more ready to allow the discipline to have its effect in our lives.
Are you experiencing the Lord’s discipline? He is building something of His character in you that can’t be seen yet. Trust Him and allow His correction to work.
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