Note: Let discipline and correction be the same words in this post. Thank you! 🙂
The word discipline has a lot of thoughts to bring in each mind. But I only have to bring a certain thought about discipline: correcting.
“It is never fun to be corrected. In fact, at time it is always painful. But if we learn to obey by being corrected, we will do it right and live at peace.” (Hebrews 12:11; CEV)
I have three points to share to you about discipline from this verse:
1. DISCIPLINE IS NEVER FUN.
Have you ever seen a person who loves to be disciplined or corrected? If yes, it’s a miracle from God’s grace. It’s cool for that person to love discipline because most of us don’t want to be disciplined or corrected. Being disciplined hurts. It shows our character, and it points out what we’ve become now that we weren’t before. And the change that occurred in us is negative. What hurts us when we’re disciplined? Our feelings towards the person. The usual response of the person corrected is to be offended. We become offended because what they say about us is true. It may be something that you don’t want to show them, yet unintentionally, they noticed it. WE TEND TO LET PEOPLE SEE OUR GOOD SIDE.
2. DISCIPLINE IS A SIGN OF LOVE.
The reason for discipline/correction is love. Why do our parents scold us when we do something wrong? Because they don’t want us to be bad kids. We need to be disciplined. Same with God. He sends us tests and trials because He loves us. “God corrects us for our own good, because he wants us to be holy, as he is.”(Hebrews 12:10; CEV) Be happy and proud that you are corrected/disciplined because it shows that the one who corrected you cares for you. He/she is concerned about you. In Proverbs 27:6 (CEV), “You can trust a friend who corrects you, but kisses from an enemy are nothing but lies.” Of course it’s better to hear the truth from a friend than hear a lie from the enemy, right?
3. OBEDIENCE: OUR RESPONSE TO DISCIPLINE.
One corrects the other for the other to become a better person. It’s for his/her own good, not for the one who disciplines. In Hebrews 12:11, “… But if we learn to obey by being corrected, we will do right and live at peace.” Obedience is something learned. Before learning a lesson fully, it’s not something learned in one-sitting. We have to go through it again and again. So be prepared for more painful lessons of obedience through discipline in this life.
Remember that God has given us free will. All of us have the right to choose what we believe is right. We need to have strong convictions about what we believe in, because in the end, it’s still our choice. Whether we accept the correction given to us or not, it is up to us. When it comes to God’s discipline in our lives, remember that we are created according to His image. He doesn’t want us to bear another’s image because He was the One who created us, not people. He is our Heavenly Father, correcting us out of His love for us.