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Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.  Hebrews 12:11
 
This is like the boy whose father said to him before he whipped him, “Son, this is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.” The boy said, “Yes, Dad, but not in the same place.” God chastens His children. He does not get any particular joy out of it, but He does it because you and I need it. Not only does chastening not seem to be joyous, it isn’t joyous, but grievous—that is our experience.
Although no chastening at the time is fun, “afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” God does not discipline you without purpose.
I’m reminded of the story of the man who lived in a home for the mentally ill. There was a visitor one day who saw the man beating himself on the head with a baseball bat. The visitor went up to him and said, “Why in the world are you hitting yourself on the head with the baseball bat?” The man replied, “It feels so good when I quit!” God does not discipline you just to make you feel good when it’s over. He doesn’t give you poor health just so you will appreciate good health when it returns. There is always a purpose in the discipline of God for you.
Now what is your reaction when God disciplines you?
 

 


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