8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, 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 spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No 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. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
The word discipline is the kind that makes peoples ears prick up when it is mentioned. The kind that everyone has ‘2 cents’ (sometimes ten cents) to say about it. I have been reading this passage over the last two weeks and my ears pricked reading the sentence – you’re not legitimate if you haven’t been disciplined. It was one of those statements you know is 100% true but you also understand the weight of what is being said.
As I’ve thought through the idea of discipline, I know for a fact that you are better because of it. We all remember the discipline we got for doing something naughty as a kid and whether that is still the same for what you might be disciplined for now doesn’t matter. The important part is that you learnt between wrong and right. We know discipline is more than likely going to hurt at first, but by the end you’re glad it happened. Whether a shot to the pride or some behaviour slowly being changed as we drag our feet – at the end, you’re on a better path than what you were on before the discipline happened. I’m glad I’m no longer where I was. Discipline keeps you on the path to becoming far more functional – or more fruitful if you want a spiritual kind of word.
I know I need to learn to accept the discipline, but also need to be more aware of things I can constantly be growing in to help for ‘easier discipline’. I am trying to apply self discipline. The other good thing is you can always ask for help and have someone encourage you in it.
Make me aware Lord of what needs to change, show me where I need discipline, then please help me get through it and apply it.
Written by Sophie Botta