“As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever?” Hebrews 12:7-9
Discipline is the process of teaching your child what type of behavior is acceptable and what type is not acceptable. In other words, discipline teaches a child to follow rules. Effective discipline uses many different tools, like positive reinforcement, modeling, and a loving and supportive family.
God’s discipline is not punishment, it is training. It is God training us to be more like Jesus. It is God leading us and directing our path in the way we should go. I don’t know about you, but I am hardheaded and at times God has to get my attention. This is God’s discipline. When God was calling me to the ministry many years ago, things happened in my life that was not pleasant. As I have looked back on these events in my life, I know that it was God leading me in the right direction. It was God’s discipline in my life. Even as I went through this time when God was trying to get my attention, I knew that God was with me and was protecting me. I am God’s child!
Discipline brings stability and structure into a person’s life. … If there were no discipline, people would do whatever they wanted and make mistakes without putting the consideration of others first and foremost. It promotes good human behavior to a better society and makes it a more enjoyable place for everyone to live. God’s discipline is not bad; it is God showing His love for us.