This is a really tough one (I have that written alongside these verses in my Bible) and it can be one that is extremely challenging. The area of Discipline that I have to be careful with is: Differentiating it between Trials and Discipline… They are both put into our lives to help us grow closer to Christ – but are very different.
Trials are the tough times we go through and are not caused by a Sin that we have not concurred. Where Discipline is correcting an action that we should not be doing.
The Scripture below is a portion of Hebrews that my Pastor has been teaching on and a great example of what Discipline is about:
Hebrews 12:4-11 > 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation which addresses you as sons?
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor lose courage when you are punished by him.
6 For the Lord disciplines him whom he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”
7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers to discipline us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time at their pleasure, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
As you can see – Discipline is not a bad thing – it may be painful and really unpleasant, but it is because God Loves us that Discipline comes. My study Bible states “When God corrects you, see it as proof of his love and ask him what he trying to teach you.” This is his way of directing us to go down the Right Path – and Obedience will be required to accomplish this. The best example I can think of is Saul’s Transformation when he was blinded by Jesus and then he became Paul.
One of the greatest things about Discipline when we have overcame the cause of it – is that now we can now help others who may be struggling with the same problems.
When he has broken us: it is then when he can use us…
So when you go through Discipline – you must remember that is produces a harvest of Righteousness and Peace for those who have been trained by it.