Tough Love

Rick Beckett

"Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons." (Hebrews 12:7-8)
Discipline is redefined here is a sign of love and oversight over God's people. Sometimes we have a tendency to shake our fist at God when things don't go right. We blame God and accuse Him of not paying enough attention when we go through pain. The author of Hebrews encourages us to look at pain through a different lens. Pain and hardship might just be a sign that a loving father sees things in us that need to be taken care of, and follows through with loving discipline or "tough love."

Is this little weird?

Last week I was in Molokai, and four boys would come onto our camp and yell insults at the campers in an attempt to start conflict. The students were gracious and ignored the insults. Later that evening we were egged. Yes egged! The next day I got a chance to talk to the four youth's, and they apologized. What struck me deeply was a conversation I had later in the day with a student from Molokai who knew the boys. She said their parents didn't care about them, so they never got into trouble. They could do whatever they wanted to do, because there was no discipline.

Many times want a life with no pain, no rules, no suffering, and no hardships, but if we take a look at what we become under these circumstances we would probably opt for discipline.

Our loving Father knows what we need. Suffering doesn't mean He is not there, it might just mean He is very involved in our lives, and looking to produce purity, love, endurance, faith, and many other fruits that must be present in the life of a mature believer. Parents that discipline love their children, and we are very loved by God.
This is good news! I want to have a Biblical understanding of hardship, and if I am doing my best in Christ and still facing tough obstacles then I can count it as discipline; love from my Father.

Thank you for discipline, because you are intimately involved in my life, and you want to see me grow up well. I love you, and I am grateful for this new perspective on hardship.

Thank you.

In Jesus Name, AMEN.

Devotions for July 15

Isaiah 22,23,24
Hebrews 12

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