Monday, February 23, 2015
Discipline Shouldn't Have a Bad Connotation
But I find God has been showing me something different through His Word.
"A wise son responds to his father’s discipline,but a mocker doesn’t listen to rebuke."
"My son, do not take the Lord’s discipline lightly
or faint when you are reproved by Him,
for the Lord disciplines the one He loves
and punishes every son He receives."
I recently found myself in what seemed like an insurmountable circumstance. I had less than two weeks to get my house cleaned and ready for company. Now to most it wouldn't seem like much... but my house was an utter wreck. In the past year we've dealt with water damage that meant having to totally renovate a bathroom. For months on end we've had tools covering our dining room table. Then we spent most of last summer helping my in-laws downsize and move to an apartment. Most of the things they chose to downsize came to my already overflowing house.
These circumstances were followed by me being away from home for two months helping my mother-in-law before she went home to be with her Lord and Savior. After her death, while grieving, I had no desire to work on cleaning up the house even though it desperately needed it.
When faced with having to suddenly clean up the main living areas, I got into high gear. Honestly, I really didn't think I'd make great progress. I thought I might have to just box everything and put it in a room and out of sight for when company came over.
While in the midst of working hard, I came across this Bible verse:
"No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it."
God showed me how even though I was under tight guidelines, cleaning up was something that had been needed. Discipline can be a good thing. When I choose to follow God and His discipline, the end result is peace.
Oh, by the way, today I'll be putting a final touch on the last room. Tomorrow things will be ready for that company.
What areas are you needing to become more disciplined?
Are you ready to think of it without having a bad connotation?
Posted by: Jodie Wolfe A.K.A. Digging for Pearls
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