Today’s word for July 12, 2011

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but whoever hates correction is stupid.
Proverbs 12:1

Discipline is absolutely necessary for human life. Without discipline man would be completely stripped of all sense of order and justice. Without correction everybody could do whatever they please without being accountable to anyone and without fear of receiving any negative consequence that may arise from it. Without correction everybody would act without any other criteria than self-satisfaction regardless of how our behavior may affect others. We all know cases of spoiled children whose parents have failed to properly raise them and how embarrassing it is for them when their children misbehave, of course, only if these parents are left with some dignity. Many tears and sufferings are in store for those who do not raise their children with discipline.

When faced with discipline we can take three courses of action. One is to dismiss it as useless and as something we are not interested in and therefore it is only an inconvenience and an obstacle in our pursuit of pleasure. Another is to become discouraged because we do not get to learn and the next time we do something wrong God will discipline us again and we will grow weary. And another is to accept the discipline of our heavenly Father as something beneficial for us that will help us correct our steps and live a life pleasing in the eyes of God.

The apostle Paul told us that “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.” Which attitude will you have the next time God disciplines you? Will you reject it, get discouraged by it or welcome it? Do you understand the importance of correction for your life? Ignoring discipline will only produce the need for additional discipline until we learn to behave with justice and righteousness. Therefore, let us receive with joy the correction of our loving Father and let us improve everything we need to improve. We will be the first beneficiaries. To God alone be the glory!

2 responses to “Today’s word for July 12, 2011

  1. Love the picture! Doesn’t matter whether you are 5 or 50, this is pretty much our response to discipline. I am so grateful that God never stops correcting us. Thank you–great post.

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