No Discipline Seems Pleasant

StressedEnduring discipline or correction is never pleasant at the time it happens. Indeed, correction is something we seriously want 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 — the word is “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 most desirable, attractive, and most pleasing — it is the peaceable fruit of righteousness!

The peaceable fruit of righteousness comes after the correction and discipline.

This fruit is the result of chastening and correction. This peaceable fruit of righteousness 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 receive the exhortation from Yahuwah [the Hebrew word for the LORD]:

My child, do not despise the chastening of Yahuwah [the LORD], nor faint or become weary when you are rebuked by Him. For whom Yahuwah loves He corrects; even as a Father, the son in whom He delights. (Proverbs 3:11-12; see also Hebrews 12:5-6)

We need to not get angry or resentful or impatient whenever we experience correction or rebuke. Our heavenly Father sends these things to us for our growth in maturity and our learning to be gracious. It is for our good!

All of Father’s children need correction at times. And, as the Scriptures tell us, Father’s motivation behind His chastening is His great love for us!

Yet the fact still remains: No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but only grievous!

A Key to Receiving Discipline

So how can we endure chastisement, rebuke, and correction? Is there a key to recognizing our troubles as Yah’s 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! So 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 isa 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, where we are willing to patiently wait upon His guidance in the midst of our affliction!

You do know what it is like to be in a relationship. Right? We talk to Father God often, we share our life with Him, we get to know Him through His Word, and we give Him time to reveal His direction to us, we allow Him to know us.

  • [If you are not yet in a relationship with the Saviour, please see Good News!]

Many times, I have known my Saviour’s rescue because I know Him. By His mercy, I have cried out to Him, and have known His ‘very present help!’  That is, I have known His intervention in 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. 

There are times however, when our troubles are due to persecution for our commitment to our Saviour, Yahushua Messiah. When we walk in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake, and stand firm against ungodliness, then troubles are impossible to avoid. Why? Because the god of this world has hardened the hearts of many.
As Yahushua warned us: “In the world, you shall have tribulation.” But He also gave us the hope of victory at the same time: “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

No matter what kind of troubles, whether they be trials from persecution or trials from chastisement, the key to enduring and rescue is staying close to our Saviour, and seeking His ‘very present’ help and rescue!

Crying Out

If I will 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 often — this is what is so amazing — the other people involved change their stance, and their attitude.

I need to remember two things:

  1. Father loves me,
  2. Father is present in the here-and-now by His Holy Spirit!

So, whenever I am in the midst of a trial, a dilemma, a troubling difficulty,

if I 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)!

If our troubles are due to Father’s corrections and disciplines, then let us remember — these are necessary for us to mature, to gain in wisdom and understanding, and to avoid problems — if we will receive His correction.

This is the way it is for all of God’s children!

We all must pass through troubles to enter into His Kingdom (Acts 14:22)! There is no other way to grow up in Messiah — we must receive His correction and discipline, and be patient in the midst of our troubles, because this is His way of instructing us! It is His way of refining us.

Father sends tests, trials, unpleasant challenges, conflicts, and sufferings our way in order to refine us, correct us, humble us, prove us, and to build up our faith! Also, Father tests us and trys us, to show us what is really 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).

His discipline 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 repentant, and begin to be more patient with others and with ourselves!

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, 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 (Psalms 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 patient, teachable, able to learn His ways (Psalms 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).

  • [The book of Proverbs has 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. Responsible parents train, discipline, encourage, and correct their children, teaching them what is right and good. Yahuwah, our loving Father and Creator, is no different!

In the midst of our very unpleasant difficulties, troubles, and trials, let us remember — Father disciplines those whom He loves!

May it be that we will endure humbly, patiently, and gratefully receive His corrections, knowing that it is for our ultimate good!

Related Articles:

Matters of the Heart — a post by Grace in Torah giving some detailed insights on preparing our heart for the myriad of life’s tests

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