Enduring discipline or correction is never pleasant at the time it happens. Indeed, correction is something we seriously like to avoid!
Sometimes it feels like we are challenged, rebuked, stressed, hassled, and distressed more than others. It is not uncommon to ask, “Why is this happening to me?!”
Chastisement, correction, rebuke — all of these are painful experiences for every one of us. It is especially painful to our pride!
Yet, the Scriptures give us a wonderful word about discipline — “nevertheless.”
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. (Hebrews 12:11)
Despite the pain, the grief, and the shame of correction and discipline, the resulting FRUIT of chastisement is desirable, attractive, and most pleasing — the peaceable fruit of righteousness!
The peaceable fruit of righteousness comes after the correction and discipline. This fruit, or the result, of chastening restores us, settles us, and eventually, it matures us, making us wiser and more discerning!
However, in order to obtain this wonderful fruit of righteousness, we have to accept and heed Yahuwah’s [the LORD’s] exhortation:
My child, do not despise the chastening of Yahuwah [the LORD], nor faint or become weary when you are rebuked by Him. (Hebrews 12:5,6; Proverbs 3:11)
We need to not get angry or resentful when our Heavenly Father corrects us, or rebukes us. Father’s motivation behind His chastening is His great love for us (Hebrews 12:6)! It is for our good, for our growth in grace and maturity. And all of Father’s children need correction at times.
Yet the fact still remains: No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but only grievous!
So how can we endure chastisement, rebuke, and correction? Is there a key to recognizing discipline and correction when it is happening to us, and thus receive the correction, and patiently endure the grief?
A key, I believe, is having, and maintaining, an intimate relationship with our Creator/Saviour. He knows us better than we know ourselves! And when we are enduring a trial, when we are being pressed, challenged, rebuked, and most likely being disciplined, that is the moment when we need to be close to our Saviour, seeking His help and rescue!
Our Saviour is in the business of rescue! Our Saviour, by His Holy Spirit, is the only One who is “a very present help in trouble” (Psalms 46:1b).
In order to know this “very present help” — in the NOW moment — we have to know our Saviour, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]. We have to be in a relationship with Him! [You do know what it is like to be in a relationship.]
We talk to Him often, we share our life with Him, we get to know Him, and we let Him know us.
- [If you are not yet in a relationship with the Saviour, please see Good News!]
So many times, I have known my Saviour’s rescue because I know Him. By His mercy, I have cried out to Him, and known His ‘very present help’ — His intervention into my situation, in the midst of my troubles and conflicts — in the midst of [what I later understood as] Father’s loving chastisement and correction.
If I remember to cry out for Father’s help, [because He is right there with me], then one of two things usually occurs:
- I am enabled [by His grace!] to humble myself, change my attitude, seek forgiveness, repent of my hard-heartedness, and I receive the necessary correction; or
- The situation changes, and — this is what is so amazing — the other people involved change their stance, and their attitude.
When I remember that Father loves me,
When I remember that Father is present in the here-and-now by His Holy Spirit,
when I am in the midst of a trial, a dilemma, a troubling difficulty — and what is usually another correction from Father,
if I will call on Him for His help — then I will know His intervention, His help!
- See these eight promises for those who cry out for Yahuwah’s help:
Psalms 34:6,17; Psalms 86:7; Psalms 91:15; and Psalms 107:6,13,19,28.
Father’s Corrections Are For My Good
Having a relationship with the One who created me is so amazing! It is wonderful that God is near me, and with me at all times! By His grace and mercy, He strengthens me, guides me, and corrects me — correcting me for my good (Hebrews 12:10)!
His corrections, reproofs, and disciplines are necessary for me to mature, and to gain in wisdom and understanding, and to avoid problems — if I receive His correction. That is the way it is for all of Yahuwah’s children! There is no other way to grow up in Messiah — we must receive correction and discipline!
Father sends tests, trials, unpleasant challenges, conflicts, and sufferings our way in order to refine us, correct us, prove us, and to build our faith! Father tests us and trys us, to show us what is in our heart (Deuteronomy 8:2).
Yes, His discipline is not pleasant! Actually, Yahuwah’s chastisement can be very painful and humiliating! Yet it is necessary for bringing us into that precious condition of a broken-hearted, contrite [sorrowful] spirit (Psalms 34:18). It is nesessary for us to be able to see our errors and sins, to see and acknowledge our arrogance, and begin to be sorry and repent.
It is our pride, our stubbornness, our hard-heart, that blinds us! — and gets us into the most trouble! It is our pride that always tells us: “I am in the right, and ‘they‘ are in the wrong!!”
Irritated, Troubled, Rebuked
So the next time we are feeling irritated, challenged, rebuked, hassled, stressed, or distressed AGAIN — remember, we could well be experiencing another one of Father’s loving moments of discipline and chastisement!
We are not alone! Father loves all of His children, therefore He has been correcting His children from the beginning. And since the Psalms and Proverbs give us an up-to-date understanding of Father’s ways with His children, we can easily see that it is because Father loves us, therefore He corrects us:
- “For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.” (Psalms 73:14)
- For whom Yahuwah [the LORD] loves He corrects; even as a father (corrects) the son in whom he delights. (Proverbs 3:12)
Yahuwah’s correction is loving, and it is for our ultimate good!
He disciplines us . . .
- so that He can be near to us, if we have a humble, sorrowful heart (Psa 34:18; 51:17),
- so that we may become a partaker of His holiness (Hebrews 12:10),
- so that we may become spiritually mature and of full age (Hebrews 5:11-14),
- so that we may become teachable, able to learn His ways (Psa 25:5; 86:11; 119:124; 143:10),
- and so that we may reap the wonderful, peaceable fruit of righteousness!
If we will remember to cry out to our Rescuer whenever we are experiencing what is, most probably, His loving discipline, then we will begin to see His salvation on our behalf (Exodus 14:13).
- [See the book of Proverbs, for excellent guidelines for how to receive Yahuwah’s loving discipline.]
All responsible parents want their children to be good, and to be a credit to their name. Therefore, responsible parents train, discipline, encourage, and correct their children, teaching them what is right and good. Yahuwah Elohim, our loving Father and Creator, is no different!
In the midst of our very unpleasant difficulties and trials, let us remember — Father disciplines those whom He loves!
May it be that we will endure humbly, and we will gratefully receive His corrections, knowing that it is for our ultimate good!
- Whom Father Loves, He Corrects
- Acquiring a Teachable Heart
- Fight The Good Fight of Faith
- Seven Prayers and Seven Answers
- Building The Walls of Our Character
- Prayer – Our Life-line to The Father
- Sorrows and the Holy Spirit