Being Disciplined To Become Honorable

September 8, 2013

Friends,
God desires that every person have and maintain a heart of integrity (Ps. 51:6), meaning a heart that is honest, trustworthy, fair, righteous, and honorable. He desires that we possess wisdom (same verse), meaning not only knowledge, but moral insight and skill. (same verse) If we do not have these and walk in these, then God will arrange ways to discipline us so that we will.

When God disciplines us, we help ourselves if we choose to respond correctly to His authority and training. Doing so, we respond by obeying Him and eagerly listening to more instructions, putting to practice all that He commands, seeking His Spirit’s power by which to do so, and making all effort to become proficient in good character and conduct, as well as in all the tasks He gives us. Then, instead of the discipline being excruciating, joy comes in and outweighs the pain, for our very submission to His will allows Him to carry the yoke for us, making us ride miraculously above the otherwise strenuous and unpleasant discipline.

The psalmist says, “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” (Ps. 119:71) We should have the same attitude. It is an attitude of humility, submission to God, and gratefulness for the privilege of being in His training course. Even Jesus Himself submitted, when He became human (begotten of the Father –Heb. 5:5), to humility and obedience, even unto the cross (Phil. 2:5-8), allowing the Father to honor His Son through the humbling process. (v. 5-11) For even though Jesus was sinless (Heb. 4:15), He was tempted in every way (same verse), the suffering perfecting His obedience to the Father so that He might be our sympathizing Savior and High Priest (same verse & 5:7-10), thereby honored as such forever. (5:4-10)

So, if Jesus, God’s Only Begotten Son, had to endure discipline, then we should be grateful when we realize that God is also “treating us as sons” (see Heb. 12:7) by putting us through discipline as well. “For what son is not disciplined by his father?” (same verse) For those the Lord loves and accepts as sons (v. 6,8), the Lord will train, and even rebuke and punish, when we stray from, or do not uphold, His life-giving, righteous commands. (v. 5,6,9-11)

In view of these things, let us then, “Endure hardship as discipline.” (Heb. 12:7) And may we “not make light of the Lord’s discipline, nor lose heart when He rebukes us.” (v. 5) –Even if that rebuke comes through a heavy blow because we have not sought to keep a heart of integrity and wisdom.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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