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Revelation 3:19-20

Those I love I also correct and discipline. Therefore, be shamelessly committed to Me,and turn back. Now pay attention; I am standing at the door and knocking. If any of you hear My voice and open the door, then I will come in to visit with you and to share a meal at your table, and you will be with Me.

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Categories: discipline, revelation

The Benefits of Discipline

Endure hardship as God’s discipline and rejoice that He is treating you as His children, for what child doesn’t experience discipline from a parent? But if you are not experiencing the correction that all true children receive, then it may be that you are not His children after all. Remember, when our human parents disciplined us, we respected them. If that was true, shouldn’t we respect and live under the correction of the Father of all spirits even more? Our parents corrected us for a time as seemed good to them, but God only corrects us to our good so that we may share in His holiness.

When punishment is happening, it never seems pleasant, only painful. Later, though, it yields the peaceful fruit called righteousness to everyone who has been trained by it (Hebrews 12:7-11, The Voice).

Categories: discipline, Hebrews

1 Corinthians 9:27

I discipline my body and make it my slave so that after all this, after I have brought the gospel to others, I will still be qualified to win the prize.

Categories: 1 corinthians, discipline

Matthew 6:17-18

When you fast, wash your face and beautify yourself with oil, so no one who looks at you will know about your discipline. Only your Father, who is unseen, will see your fast. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.

Categories: discipline, fast, fasting, matthew

Lamentations 3:34

Hope is realized when the next generation of exiles in Babylonia receive God’s mercy and are brought back to the promised land, Palestine, in a second exodus, a journey not unlike what the Israelites experienced as they left Egypt under Moses’ leadership. God surely causes grief and torment, but He also provides kindness that originates from His heart of compassion. The discipline administered by the heavenly Father hurts, but the pain is not lasting and actually reflects His compassion. When the Lord sends affliction, it is instructive, restorative, and temporary. Affliction and judgment may sometimes come from the Almighty, but what always springs from the heart of God is a deep and eternal mercy for His people.

Categories: discipline, Lamentations

Jeremiah 50:2

Babylon is a dominant world power in Jeremiah’s time that God uses to accomplish His purposes. The prophet says that even Babylon will answer to God. East of Chaldea, the Persian Empire will take over the region and conquer Babylon. This time the Persian King Cyrus will be used by God to alter the course of events. Jeremiah now conveys his firm belief that it is the God of Israel—not kings and their armies—who shapes history. He delivers a strong message from God concerning Babylon (who oversteps her bounds in the treatment of Judah and the other nations). Intermixed is Jeremiah’s message of hope for those in exile. One day, the people of Judah will return home from Babylon. Those who make the journey will find that God never stops loving them, even as He disciplines them. Eternal One: Tell the nations of the world; announce it to them all. Raise a flag—get their attention—tell them! Hold nothing back; tell them, “Babylon has fallen; Bel has been put to shame: Marduk has been shattered. Her images are disgraced; There’s nothing left of Babylon’s idols but broken pieces.”

Categories: discipline, jeremiah

Ecclesiastes 10:17

Blessed is the land whose king is of noble heritage and whose princes know when to feast, Who discipline themselves with strength and avoid drunkenness.

Categories: discipline, Ecclesiastes
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