Under DisciplineAugust 13, 2007
For reasons which I won’t delve into, this week has been a hard one for our family. By the providence of God I also happened to be preaching yesterday morning on Hebrews 12:4-13. We considered together the charge to “endure hardship as discipline.” What are the odds?!
Let me share a quote that I brought before the congregation. It reminded us all that in tough times it is far better to be under the Lord’s discipline, than his punishment:
“God’s punishment stems from his wrath against sin;
whereas his discipline stems from his love to his children.
Punishment is God acting as Judge;
discipline is God acting as Father.
Under punishment, the sinner pays for his sins.
Under discipline, Christ pays for our sins.
Punishment is God’s demand for justice.
Under discipline, justice is not in view….
Rather God intends to correct our faults and to develop holiness in us.”
(Steve Cole, pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship, from his sermon God’s Loving Discipline)