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Why God Disciplines

Scripture
Perhaps when the house of Judah hears about all the disaster I am planning to bring on them, each one of them will turn from his evil way. Then I will forgive their wrongdoing and their sin.”
Jeremiah 36:3 NASB

Observation
The purpose of the Lord’s discipline is not to punish. Punishment usually comes from anger and a desire to pronounce vengnece.

God’s discipline is different. He disciplines because He loves us. The purpose of His discipline is to turn us back to a right relationship with Him.

Sometimes His discipline only needs to go so far before we realize our sins and turn back to Him. But often, out stubbornness and desire to do what we want causes Him to be more severe. Because He loves us and is jealous for us, He won’t hold back.

He disciplines us because He loves us!

It doesn’t feel good when it is happening. But if we realize that He is doing it because He loves us, we can run back to that right relationship with Him. That’s where we should be.

Application
When things are going haywire in your life, do you stop to think if it is discipline from the Lord? Do you stop for a time and start to evaluate if you have allowed your life to get too focused on other things and not on Him? Maybe you’re going down a road that you shouldn’t?  Maybe you have allowed sin to creep into your life? Maybe you are not listening to what He is saying? His discipline is all to get your attention and get you right on track with the Lord.

Remember that He does this because He loves you. He is discipling you because He knows the best place for you is right in His will. Don’t delay, get back on track with Him!

Be honest. Evaluate your life. Where are you with the Lord? If you were to lay it all out in front of Him, what would He tell you to remove?

Always remember that God knows best. He has the best in mind for you. He is like this because it is built in to His nature. GOD IS LOVE!

Prayer
Lord, help me to identify and understand Your discipline. Thank you that you care so much about me that you will do whatever it takes to get my attention. I desire nothing more than to be in a right relationship with You. Everything else is secondary.

Peace
Todd

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