SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 05/28/15- “The Blessings Of Discipline!” (Hebrews 12:11)
Premise Question: How can something that hurts so bad, produces lots of pain and anguish and is extremely difficult to withstand and go through, be so enjoyable, for those who are willing to endure the process?
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. (Hebrews 12:11 NLT)
Initially, at the very moment of receiving, then experiencing a severe and strong instructive reprimand of corrective chastening, it’s not going to be enjoyable, agreeable, nor in anyway pleasant, but excruciatingly difficult, exacting, seeming unreasonable, perhaps even grossly excessive and extortionate. After awhile though, with the passing of time, it becomes quite apparent, because of what is brought into existence, as a direct result of The Lord’s chastening, that it shall yield a veritable wonderful supply of upright, morally excellent, virtuous righteous living, free from strife, anxiety and dissension, characterized by harmony and tranquillity, for all those who choose to allow the instruction of The Lord to impact them to their core, developing in them the practice of righteous behavior. (Hebrews 12:11 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The chastening of The LORD, that inflicts suffering and pain, and perhaps causes us to experience discomfort, is divinely designed to be administered in just the right amount, with love, that ends up producing a harvest of righteousness in our lives, for our benefit and The LORD’S ultimate glory. When we submit ourselves to His loving care and reproving process, He then, is able to make the necessary alterations and modifications to our lives, in order to effect the complete transformation that must take place. We are forever changed and improved, for the good, through intense training, practice and instruction, even a rigorous regimen, at times, that may emulate a soldier’s basic training for the military; but, which cultivates within us a well oiled, flourishing, satisfying and deeply mature personal relationship with Papa God. There is an old familiar saying: “No pain no gain!” It is quite applicable, as the pain we experience from the intense training in righteousness, produces and develops strength, great insight and wisdom, knowledge, patience, endurance, perseverance, understanding, confidence and assurance, as well as, our resolve, in being resolute, our ability to think properly, see things clearly and make right and honorable decisions, not to mention that it also brings us much joy and peace and a sense of wonder, thanksgiving and the incredible accomplishment of Papa God’s divine purpose and will for our lives. We all desperately need the correction of The LORD in our lives, and once we have it, we will, on an ongoing basis, truly experience His “corrected direction” and His “directed correction” to the amazement of not only ourselves, but everyone else, as well! It really is a blessing and a great honor to receive the loving correction and discipline of The LORD! Blessings…
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