I had been wrong all along.
You know how you felt when you realized that the word ‘receive’ had an ‘e’ before the ‘i’ and not the other way around? That is how I feel now.
I just realized that discipline and punishment do not mean the same thing. Did you know that? I used to use them as synonyms. “Punish the child! Yes, you definitely need to discipline him.” Does that sound familiar?
Well, I will share with you what I have learned.
Punishment is negative reward for doing wrong and discipline is according to google search “the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.” Do you see it? Punishment might be part of discipline but not it. Get it?
Discipline is more about teaching rules, a code of behavior. How did I discover this? Well…I am smart… just kidding. I read this scripture in Hebrews chapter twelve verse seven . It said something like “endure suffering as discipline.” and I was asking myself, what wrong I had done that God wanted to “discipline” me? I mean I am not perfect, but I am trying my best…yet God wanted to discipline me. It seemed unfair.
But was it?
God said He is dealing with us as sons, and without discipline…we are illegitimate sons. Huh? So…it looks like God disciplines ALL his children…good or bad. But…whew …Lord, sometimes…I just don’t understand, why would you do that?
But then, I realized that discipline and punishment are not only different in spelling but meaning as well. Discipline teaches what is acceptable and what is unacceptable in the Kingdom and as a child of the most High. So discipline, is actually a positive thing.
Discipline teaches a code of behavior under strict supervision and sometimes even harsh conditions so that even when you are set free, you still act within the code of behavior that you have learned.
That is the aim of discipline. It drives out the foolishness which is in everybody’s heart, no matter how smart you are. If we do not receive this training then we will not receive all that God wants to give us because we would not know how to handle it when it comes.
God knows it is hard, he said it himself in Hebrews chapter twelve verse eleven. No discipline is 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.
If we do not receive God’s training, we can not receive his best, so don’t settle for less, do not resist God’s training and discipline.Make use of every situation that you find less than desirable, it might just be God’s training. Hold on.
If you find yourself behind prison bars…like Joseph…find freedom in the knowledge that, its only preparing you to be a ruler ( like Joseph). You are almost there, hold on.
Do what you have to do to get God’s best. It is necessary to get you where you need to be. It’d be worth it…I promise.