“ Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’” Revelation [3:19]-22
“Young man, can I help you with anything?” asked my principal. I had found myself sitting in the hall of my elementary school after refusing to do my homework – again.
I still remember it clearly. I was much too bold in my response. “Yes, sir! I’m supposed to ask you to give me some discipline!” I’m sure you don’t want to be bored with the details, but I was definitely disciplined.
Often, we look at discipline in a punitive way. Discipline, however, should not be looked at from the perspective of a child in trouble for breaking the rules. Verse 19 points us to a different perspective. Did you see it? “Those whom I love…” The discipline of the Lord is a result of His abounding love. It is evidence that He is patiently shaping us into the image of His Son.
Father in Heaven, thank You for loving me enough to correct me. On my own, I can be so far from the person You have called me to be. Continue to shape my understanding of how Your love provides healthy discipline in my life. Amen.
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