Thursday, August 03, 2006

A Lifetime Of Discipline and Pruning

The difference between discipline and punishment is that discipline is explained in advance and punishment is inflicted out of anger.

What do you do to your children? To the employees under your control?

How do you see God dealing with you- in punishment or discipline?

Proverbs 10:17
People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray.

Hebrews 12:7-11
As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father?

If God doesn't discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all.

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.


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