Hebrews 12:5-11 (New International Version)
5And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”
7Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. 9Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! 10Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11No 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.
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him. – Proverbs 22:15
This may seem a little harsh, but it is all to true. We are stiff-necked sinners with hardened hearts. The only way for us to see our folly is through correction. We will only stop our evil ways when fear is brought onto us, the rod shows a perfect picture of a loving, angry God. You love your parents, but you fear the outcome of your ways if it reaches their ears. Without a fear, we will only go down the path of evil. I can see this in my own life, with the knowledge that God is angry because I didn’t read my bible very much last week has (I have read too much about the Israelites!) cautioned me to read the bible everyday this week, but, Friday morning a false sense of security came upon me and I did not carry on normal devotions, I did a half- hearted effort of bible reading and then started the day. Will I ever learn? I will defiantly never learn without correction! What do you think?
– Written by Meggie. An activity for Omnibus II, Church Fathers through the Reformation.