The author of Hebrews tells us that God disciplines us because He loves us.
How does this truth settle with you? Think about it. What if God let you do anything you wanted without consequence? This could be disastrous for you and for those around you. Most of the time, doing what you want (and whenever you want) results in sin, and sin is painful to the child of God.
The thing is, we aren’t restricted by God in what we do. He actually gives us the freedom to do anything we please it’s called free choice. However, if what we choose is sin, we are held accountable and punishment will be due at some point. It doesn’t always come immediately, but eventually, your sin will find you out!
God put discipline in our lives to protect us and those around us from our own actions. Without discipline, our fellowship with Him and with others is broken.
Through discipline, we are aware of our wrongdoing and will try diligently not to repeat our mistake sometime in the future.
God gave us a brain (and the Holy Spirit) that reminds us not to start down that same path of action the next time temptation presents itself. Of course, sometimes even though we’ve been disciplined many times over the same mistake, we stumble over that mistake yet one more time. When we do so, our Father must correct us.
God put this corrective process in place because He created us and He loves us. He teaches us about His love through discipline. It’s the discipline of a loving parent who wants to protect us and those we may hurt when we act in selfishness.
It reminds us that sin might be fun for a season, but will ultimately separate us from the Father and that is a painful experience for us as His children. So next time you find yourself in a place that requires God’s discipline, go ahead, bend over, grab your ankles and give thanks for every whack He gives you! He is your Father and He loves you with all His heart!