Discipline – Hebrews 12:11

#NoPainNoGain (the discipline good kind:)

Have you been thru this? And the better for it?

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:11‬ ‭AMP‬‬
“For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems sad and painful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness

[right standing with God and a lifestyle and attitude that seeks conformity to God’s will and purpose].”

Hebrews 12!!!

The yield of Discipline.

Again:

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Hebrews 12:11 ESV

RELEVANT SCRIPTURE

1 Corinthians 11:32
But when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.

Psalm 118:18
The LORD has disciplined me severely, But He has not given me over to death.

Hebrews 12:7
Endure suffering as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?

2 Timothy 1:7
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

1 Timothy 4:7-8
But reject irreverent and silly myths. Instead, train yourself for godliness. For physical exercise is of limited value, but godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for the present life and for the one to come.

SELECT COMMENTARY

From M. Henry: There is a proneness in believers to grow weary, and to faint under trials and afflictions; this is from the imperfection of grace and the remains of corruption. Christians should not faint under their trials. Though their enemies and persecutors may be instruments to inflict sufferings, yet they are Divine chastisements; their heavenly Father has his hand in all, and his wise end to answer by all. They must not make light of afflictions, and be without feeling under them, for they are the hand and rod of God, and are his rebukes for sin. They must not despond and sink under trials, nor fret and repine, but bear up with faith and patience. God may let others alone in their sins, but he will correct sin in his own children. In this he acts as becomes a father. Our earthly parents sometimes may chasten us, to gratify their passion, rather than to reform our manners. But the Father of our souls never willingly grieves nor afflicts his children. It is always for our profit. Our whole life here is a state of childhood, and imperfect as to spiritual things; therefore we must submit to the discipline of such a state. When we come to a perfect state, we shall be fully reconciled to all God’s chastisement of us now. God’s correction is not condemnation; the chastening may be borne with patience, and greatly promote holiness. Let us then learn to consider the afflictions brought on us by the malice of men, as corrections sent by our wise and gracious Father, for our spiritual good.

MY PONDERING

There are two types of discipline; other and self. I think the latter, self, is preferred but no doubt both shall be encountered be everyone. The question is to what degree and effectiveness.

Is it not wise to self discipline ourselves to maintain healthy habits, true process, and quality thinking? Is it not wise to heed and obey the commandments of God and legitimate authority?

When I think of discipline I much rather be leading toward it rather than be reprimanded and molded to it. I gather a lot from this exhortation from Paul starting in Philippians 3:12 “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

MY PRAYER

LORD, You know what I need to be truly successful. If I be incapable or unwilling to do the best, please assist me by whatever means You see fit.

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