For Our Good

Ron Geschwendt

READ : Hebrews 12:4-13

Discipline is a nasty word for many. It is often misunderstood or rejected. However, without it most people limp along.

Discipline is accepted by some with resignation. In God’s discipline of His children, His motive is love. He cares and wants the best for His daughters and sons. What God allows, and sometimes sends in the life of a Christian, has meaning. It has purpose, designed to make the person wiser and stronger in faith and life. The church father Jerome wrote, “The greatest anger of all is when God is no longer angry with us when we sin.” Supreme punishment is when God abandons us as unteachable and incurable.

There is a tantalizing passage in Xenophon’s Cyropaedia. The argument is posed as to whether the man who makes men laugh or makes men weep is of most use in the world. Aglaitidas says, “He that makes his friends laugh seems to me to do them much less service than he who makes them weep; and if you will look at it rightly, you, too, will find that I speak the truth. At any rate, fathers develop self-control in their sons by making them weep…But could you say that those who make us laugh either do good to our bodies or make our minds more fitted for the management of our private business or the affairs of state?”

PRAYER

O Lord, if it is discipline I need, give me a willingness to accept it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.