Finding Freedom on the Inside

Weekly Devotional

Disciplined for Discipleship



“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” - Hebrews 12:11


So why is it that in the moments we are confronted with correction we resist the conviction to change? Instead we find it easier to blame and point the anger rather than hold ourselves accountable for our own decisions. When the very thing that we are being disciplined for is the very thing God is going to use a a tool for discipleship.


King David wrote, “even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me.” He knew that even though his actions caused him to be in a dark place, he found comfort in the discipline of the rod and staff of correction. Correction shouldn’t callus our hearts, rather it should reveal the parts of our lives that need to be revived. That’s why Jesus prunes us to take away what doesn’t produce His purpose. (John 15:1-8)


So when we seem to be down in the valley feeling the loneliness and pain of our own bad decisions and it feels like God is cutting us down, it’s actually because God is preparing us for a comeback. I know first-hand correction is hard but when it’s over it brings God honor. So let God’s correction bring you comfort in the challenges of change.


“...My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline. And do not lose heart when He rebukes you because the Lord disciplines the ones He loves and he chastens everyone He accepts as His son…”

          - Hebrews 12:5-6


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