How does God help us with self-discipline?
BIBLE READING: Hebrews 12:1-13
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? (Hebrews 12:7, niv)
God allows some things to happen to us in order to train us.
\Who loves his child more—the father who allows the child to do what will harm him, or the one who corrects, trains, and even punishes the child to help him learn what is right? It’s never pleasant to be corrected and disciplined by God, but his discipline is a sign of his deep love for us. When God corrects you, see it as proof of his love and ask him what he is trying to teach you.
Our response to discipline will determine how much we benefit from it.
We may respond to discipline in several ways: (1) we can accept it with resignation; (2) we can accept it with self-pity, thinking we really don’t deserve it; (3) we can be angry and resent God for it; or (4) we can accept it gratefully as the appropriate response toward a loving Father.
God is more loving and demanding than any parent.
God is not only a disciplining parent but also a demanding coach who pushes us to our limits and requires our life to be disciplined. Although we may not feel strong enough to push on to victory, we will be able to obtain it as we follow Christ and draw upon his strength. Then we can use our growing strength to help those around us who are weak and struggling.