4 Minute Read + Scripture readings
TODAY’S BIBLE READING:
TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
Hebrews 12:7-8 (CSB): “Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline — which all receive — then you are illegitimate children and not sons.”
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
These verses provide yet another way that we can know that we are truly saved. If we sin and continue in it, does God send bad things our way as a form of loving discipline to bring us back to Himself?
If discipline doesn’t happen, then we aren’t God’s child.
If discipline does happen, then we are God’s child.
It’s that simple. Discipline, particularly for sin that is ongoing where there is no confession and repentance, is a tell-tell sign that we are a child of God. But, if we can stay off the road to holiness for a prolonged period of time, we feel no conviction, and there is not divine discipline, then we are on our way to Hell.
Friend, God loves you and me far too much to allow us to venture into a disobedient lifestyle that will harm us and rob Him of glory. So, we should expect Him to do what is in His and our best interest.
He really does love us. He really is jealous for His glory and for our good. That’s why He disciplines His children.
So, strive to live in the power of the Holy Spirit and abstain from sin. But, when you do sin and God brings discipline, find a measure of comfort in that discipline. It affirms that you belong to Him. And quickly get back on the road to Christlikeness.