March 31st 2016
Punishment is Often Not Pleasant but Necessary
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. (Hebrews 12:11 KJV)
Chastening, discipline, punishment, or correction are all words used in the Bible to describe a penalty set forth towards a child of God by God the Father for their own spiritual good. God sets certain penalties and promises in place in His children’s life to turn them to walk forth in a godly direction and for preservation of their spiritual health.
It is a Father punishing His child to steer him in a better disciplined direction.
When mankind gets in trouble, whether it stems from a situation of an unregenerate man following after the god of this world or a spiritual son who receives biblical chastening from God, correction is not pleasant and often seems to be rather unpalatable in the moment.
I have never met a person who relishes receiving any form of punishment.
However, correction and direction are important elements in living a successful spiritual life. Enduring godly punishment is based upon a heartfelt desire to walk in obedience to the will of God. Sometimes regenerated man needs a scolding from His Father.
Correction and direction are often not central or significant in the lives of those who have chosen to walk disobediently with god, rather than following the “spiritual plumb line” established by God for mankind’s own physical and spiritual good.