In this age of social media, discipline often takes the forms of rants on twitter. When shared among millions of followers, these words can be unpleasant, a strike to your heart. Yet, if you acknowledge your own imperfections, any form of criticism can make you a better person if you are open to change.
And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, Hebrews 12:5.
Like the famous court scene in A Few Good Men, sometimes people can’t handle the truth of an honest assessment. Thus, many turn a deaf ear, unable to accept the painful reality that they are wrong. This lack of openness often leads to stubborn hearts as well as a lack of progress in life.
Because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son,” Hebrews 12:6.
According to the author of Hebrews, individuals need to change their perspective on discipline. If careless acts result in embarrassment, face the music instead of running and hiding. By embracing hardship as growing pains, character can blossom if you are open to self-improvement.
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? – Hebrews 12:7
Discipline is one of those things which can be difficult to experience. Yet, in the midst of adversity, God has a reason, to shape his children just as a potter molds their clay. Therefore, the next time you are called out, it might be unpleasant or painful, but in the end I pray that you find it productive.
by Jay Mankus