© 2010 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of His reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom He loves, as a father the son in whom he delights” (Proverbs 3:11-12).
Were your parents creative with discipline? Their corrective repertoire might have included spankings, “time out,” grounding, limitation of privileges, or hard labor. Maybe some methods proved more effective than others. Everything any authority figure did to try to teach you right and steer you from wrong was discipline. We still need discipline from the Lord into adulthood.
The Lord disciplines us with Scripture. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Study the Bible regularly, and you are bound to grow. Know God’s Word thoroughly, and it will regularly pat you on the back for thinking and doing right. Know it well, and it will also frequently bring you back in line.
Scripture’s discipline takes shape as we encounter situations where its lessons need to be applied. It’s easy to ask in difficult times, “Why is God allowing this to happen? Doesn’t He love me?” The Bible turns it around completely. Could He love us without letting us learn from our mistakes? Could He love us without letting us endure things that can make faith grow stronger? Discipline is no fun, but it helps make us holy and righteous (Hebrews 12:10-11).
If He wants us to grow, if He wants us to be holy and righteous, a loving God must discipline us. Growth, holiness, and righteousness don’t just happen.