A refusal to correct is a refusal to love; love your children by disciplining them. Proverbs 13:24
Discipline may be painful. But rejoice, He is growing us into His purpose.
God has a funny way of dealing with us, and turning everything around for us. Sometimes we believe we cannot move forward, but God brings something to pull us into Him. Other times I have found that we give up the fight, and then a neighbor a friends asks for us to pray for the,- funny thing. God is funny to the point that He will allow bad things to happen, so that He can get all of your attention. This can also make you resentful towards God, but He knows this- and even then takes the opportunity to deal with your pride and arrogance. God knows if your heart is really for Him, otherwise He would leave you to a reprobate mind- as it says in His word.
Ever heard the term “tough love”? Even though God loves us with an everlasting, never ending, splendid and merciful love… He also loves us in a stern, disciplining way! For example, if you know your loved one is going down the wrong path- would you let them go off without a warning, without trying to stop them even if they get hurt or offended? God is like this, I get my direct borderline rude nature from HIM. I’m kidding, lighten up.
Tough love is necessary! I personally understand tough love, a little better than sweet love- I really have been nurtured this way. I believe it’s because God knew that life would be hard, so He wanted me to be tough. And so, He gave me parents and family to show me TOUGH LOVE. In Christ, the spiritual battles we come into is not like playing patty cake or like a walk in the walk. Satan and his servants (demons) make every attempt to knock us out of the race! Out of God’s path, which is in itself NARROW. So God has to constantly remind us to get our act right. I always remind people that when you are a baby in Christ, He treats us as babes. But once we do some time in the Lord, He is expecting us to mature like teenagers mature. Times passes, we grow- if time passes, and you have not grown- you are a spiritual dwarf. Some people are hardheaded, and will not get the message even after a few stumbles and falls- so God is not exactly responsible. Every choice has a positive or negative reaction, and it does matter the knowledge we have on the subject(s). We have a tendency of not responding to kindness, or gentleness in the correct way so imagine… would slamming on the table get your attention??
Since I would do God an injustice, in explaining His tough love towards us… I will let scripture speak for itself.
And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
For whom the Lord loves He disciplines,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”
If you endure correction, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us,and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?
For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now, no discipline seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Lord I thank you for your concern for our lives, I thank you for your open rebukes and secret confrontations; they help me a lot. I present to you those people around me, who need to rebuked and I pray you would open their eyes, I pray you have mercy before rebuking them. I know you are able to embarrass us publicly, and to forfeit or abort promises which were on the way. I also know that you are able to give us a break as children, but expect much more of us as we grow in you. Help us to know when we are wrong, and help us receive your correction at all times. Lord I pray you have mercy on my friends and loved ones, who may not know you or who are still blinded by the enemy’s grip. I pray you draw them to you in love, and if they resist you, have mercy on them in the tough love. In Jesus name, Amen.