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Endure Chastening (Hebrews 12:4-11)

Introductory Thoughts

Contrary to today’s all-inclusive teachings, no one comes into this world as a child of God. In fact, the Bible plainly teaches that God becomes the Father of only those who trust Christ as personal Saviour. This new relationship between the Father and His children results from a personal, conscious, willing decision. As the Father of His children, God at times finds it necessary to chasten (or correct) believers. No chastening is enjoyable, especially that from an all-knowing Father. Unfortunately, when God begins administering His corrective hand, far too many Christians quit. Consequently, those who quit on the Lord never experience the by-product of God’s chastening—“the peaceable fruit of righteousness.” Christians should never take the grace of God in vain by thinking that simply being saved pleases the Lord. God wants and expects much more. His chastening hand confirms the believer’s wrongdoing and directs him in the right direction. When God cares enough to correct a man’s wrongdoing, it is an uncaring response to quit. The believer who loves the Lord will accept the correction and grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Taking something that doesn't belong to you without permission is wrong. The Bible says, "Thou shalt not steal." Mom and dad love you enough to teach you these truths now. A thief who gets caught may end up standing before the judge and will sometimes end up in jail. God teaches us the rules and guidelines necessary to keep us out of trouble.
  • (For everyone): Can you think of anything lately that the Lord has personally had to correct in your life? How did you feel when the Lord convicted you concerning this sin? What did you do when He chastened you?
  • Do you get upset when someone points out as wrong something that you are doing? Do you get defensive when someone proves from the scriptures that you are wrong?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to soften your heart toward His chastening hand so that you are more easily corrected.
  • Ask God to give you a willingness to change based upon the truth found in His precious word.