Epistle to the Hebrews (12:9-13)   Leave a comment

Epistle to the Hebrews

Epistle to the Hebrews

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? For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.” Hebrews 12:9-13

The word “discipline” has been mentioned 10 times in the first 11 verses of this chapter. Discipline is the act of training someone to obey rules or a code of behavior – using punishment to correct disobedience. It can also be about self-control or rebuking when a rule has been violated. Obviously, no one likes discipline because it causes pain and opposes our natural tendency to rebel. Discipline often opposes the desires of our flesh and restricts us to things we would like to do.

There is discipline at work, at school, at home, at church and also self-discipline. Why do we still consider discipline important? Well, let us look at what happens in places where there’s no disciplines.

If there’s no discipline in a school, kids will take their studies lightly.

To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.” Proverbs 12:1

Without discipline at home, it’s bound to result in headaches. Discipline sets a good foundation for a child and without it we are actually leaving the child exposed to dangers. This is why the book of proverbs says

Don’t fail to discipline your children. They won’t die if you spank them.” Proverbs 23:13

Discipline your children while there is hope. Otherwise you will ruin their lives.” Proverbs 19:18

If we reject discipline we are not doing ourselves any good but rather letting us fall in a pit.

If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.” Proverbs 15:32

Athletes discipline themselves in training and even at work we abide to a set or rules and submit to a code of conduct.

I have seen how discipline has protected myself from many sins and mistakes. I like discipline though it’s not comfortable. I’m often tired with work and I do not always find enough time for the study of God’s Word and prayers. There’s sadness in me when it happens. But discipline helps me to find time.

Do you think that the Good Father will abstain from granting us this blessing? Discipline is an act of consideration and not sadism. Its goal is to make us better.

For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful!

Our parents disciplined us as they deemed right. They could not make us perfect. But our heavenly Father aims nothing less than perfection. God wants us to become holy as He is.

But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16

Think about the results of discipline and not at the present suffering it causes. Many times we look back and regret that we did not put more efforts in studies, at work or relationship. Today is the day to live a disciplined Christian life. Think at the results. There will be a great harvest of living right. Submitting to God’s discipline will make us mature people.

But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.

Lack of discipline does not make you stronger but weaker. This is why we see many weak Christians. Today is the day to commit to God your messed up life. Commit to God your attitude in your family, at work, school, relationship. Ask God to help you become more consecrated to Him. An obese person who is continuously pessimistic that she can lose weight will continue to gain more. This person will become more tired, frustrated and her health will deteriorate unless a radical decision is taken promptly. It is easier to gain weight than to lose. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to remediate. If we continue to reject discipline, there will come a point of no return. It’s the same with bad habits, they are easy to take but difficult to get rid of. Discipline allows you to purify you from bad habits and oh yeah it’s painful. But when you hear people who were obese boast about how much efforts they made to lose weight you understand that there’s joy in this pain. It might sound contradictory but there’s actually good results which follow when we are subjected to discipline. Stand up and take courage. Discipline is your buddy. God’s discipline is well tested and always proved to produce godly results. Trust God’s discipline, love it.

So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong

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