“At the moment, discipline doesn’t feel good; it’s hard to bear. But afterward, it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness for those who have been trained by it.” – Hebrews 12:11

In our previous discussion, we explored how our reluctance to embrace change and our attachment to familiarity and comfort often lead us to settle for smaller lives. However, there’s a deeper reason why trials may become necessary, as suggested by the verse from Hebrews 12:11.

God’s love is compassionate but also corrective; He intervenes when our behaviours and lifestyles veer off course from His divine will. When we persist in attitudes or actions that defy His eternal principles, trials may arise as a means of correction.

Why does this matter? It’s significant because we have an adversary who constantly challenges God regarding our conduct by accusing us to God (Revelation 12:10). Once a formal objection is raised against us in Heaven, we are faced with a choice: either comply and make the necessary changes or face discipline aimed at motivating us towards making the necessary transformative corrections.

Not only does our wilful behaviour lead to our own detriment, but if God doesn’t address the situation, it essentially implies injustice on His part, which is essentially impossible.

The crux of the matter lies in seeking necessary change, as the alternative involves facing judgement according to God’s divine laws—an outcome the adversary advocates for, and which God seeks to avoid. While God always offers warnings and opportunities for us to align ourselves with His will, making ignorance an invalid plea, failure to heed these prompts may necessitate corrective measures in our best interest. This is another reason why trials “become necessary.”

God’s aim is to spur us towards change in and for our own best interest, lest we face the more severe consequences of divine judgement.

In short,  Gods discipline is Gods love to keep us safe and sound within the folds ofHis protection and provision

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