Just a little tough love

We don’t enjoy discipline when we get it. It is painful. But later, after we have learned our lesson from it, we will enjoy the peace that comes from doing what is right.

Hebrews 12:11

The great Billy Graham once said that God does not discipline us to subdue us but to condition us for a life of usefulness and blessedness.

You see, unlike my man Billy, many of us hear the word “discipline” and instantly think of punishment. But what if (like Billy Graham) you think of it as a healing process—a “training ground” for building Godly character.

Going through difficult seasons [in life] is just a part of the maturation process.

Throughout the Bible and in our [own] lives, we see that God is more interested in our character than our comfort.

Jonah, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Noah, Job, you, me, Billy Graham, and anyone you can think of has experienced a great deal of discomfort.

Most of it is due to our own decisions, and some of it is due to God’s desire to draw us closer to Him.

The bottom line is, discipline is not God’s way of punishing you—it’s His way of molding you into the person He created you to be. It’s His way of making sure you’re mature enough to handle the success you’ve been asking for. It’s tough, caring, considerate, fair, and of course, it’s loving.

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