A Closer Walk

Attitude of the Righteous

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Hebrews 12:5-6
And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.
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It is the world system today that would have us believe that discipline means punishment and that it is without doubt evil and harmful. There are probably not many places where that is more true than the United States! We all see the fruit of that in the news every day as violence and disobedience run rampant in the schools and on the streets.

However, constantly throughout the New Testament we can see that our goal should be to be true disciples of Jesus Christ. 'Disciple, discipline'—surely the connection is evident, you cannot be the first if you do not have the second! Therefore, as it is written God disciplines those whom He loves.

Godly discipline is certainly a saving grace because by it we are trained in righteousness so that we will not be condemned along with the world. {1Cor.11:32} The Lord has also provided the right tool for that instruction, just as Paul wrote;
   “All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;” (2 Timothy 3:16)

The value should be obvious, particularly in these perilous days filled with fake news and propaganda from Satan, that liar by nature, because only the disciples, the true disciples, are promised to know the truth
  “Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, 'If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'" (John 8:31-32)

The Lord also instructed us to count the cost, {Lk.14:28} and yes, there is a cost! So sing a chorus of the glorious old hymn, 'I Surrender All' as you contemplate this:
  “And He summoned the multitude with His disciples, and said to them, 'If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's shall save it.'”
(Mark 8:34-35)


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