My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline
and do not resent his rebuke,
because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.
Proverbs 3:11-12 (NIV)
We can also acknowledge the Lord by submitting to His discipline. Too often we tend to think of discipline as meaning punishment, but it actually includes all that is involved in the proper training of a child, i.e., instruction, warning, encouragement, advice, correction, and chastening. Everything that God allows to come into our lives is purposeful. We should not detest it or despise it. Neither should we shrink from it or give up under it. Rather we should be concerned that God's purpose is achieved through the discipline, and thus we reap the maximum profit from it. God's ultimate purpose in the disciplines of life is that we become partakers of His holiness.
Discipline is a proof of love, not anger. Correction is a proof of sonship (see Heb. 12:6-8).
Thought: A gardener prunes grapevines but not thistles.
MacDonald, William ; Farstad, Arthur: Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments.
: Thomas Nelson, 1997, c1995, S. Pr 3:11
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