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I Heart Grace… Really? p2

January 23, 2010

God provided grace through His son Jesus and His work on the cross. Lately through looking at discipline I think  God also provides grace in other ways.

Hebrews 12:5-11

5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
6 For the Lord disciplines the one 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 who disciplined 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 as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

God disciplines the ones He loves. Unique thought huh? Not really. It’s been around for a very long time. It’s just that …discipline doesn’t “feel” good. It doesn’t feel like grace. But I think if discipline didn’t happen, there would be a lack of grace. Does that make sense to you?

My parents never disciplined me because they hated me, they did it because they loved me. I have never disciplined anyone because I didn’t like them, I have done it because I care about their well being. God doesn’t discipline us because He hates us, He does it because He loves us.

Ultimately it is our soul that is in danger. Without discipline our souls would be lost to selfish living. When we run from discipline or switch churches because people are on our case or avoid someone who wants to “talk” with us we are not helping ourselves, but only hurting our very souls. Why would we run from discipline? Why would I run from a God who undoubtedly loves me?

I heart grace, I also heart discipline.

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