11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
The experience of being disciplined or “corrected” is often unpleasant. Discipline is not punishment. According to Focus on the Family, the purpose of punishment is to inflict a penalty for an offense; the result for the child is often fear and guilt. The purpose of discipline however is to train for correction and maturity; the result for the child is often security. If we are willing to submit to God’s correction in our lives it will make us to be more like Jesus; “more like Jesus” means peace. Peace within ourselves and peace with those who are close to us. We see this best when we are looking back (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Think of someone you know who could use a little joy in their lives and pray for presence of the Lord to rest on them. “In His presence there is fullness of Joy” Psalm 16:11.