1. God’s discipline
Hebrews 12:5-11 And have you completely forgotten this word
of encouragement that addresses you
as a father addresses his son?
It says, “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 one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
Endure hardship as discipline;
God is treating you as his children.
For what children are not disciplined by their father?
If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline
—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.
Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us
and we respected them for it. How much more should
we submit to the Father of spirits and live!
They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best;
but God disciplines us for our good, in order that
we may share in his holiness. 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.
Proverbs 3:11-13 My child, do not reject the Lord’s
discipline, and don’t get angry when he corrects you.
The Lord corrects those he loves, just as parents correct
the child they delight in. Happy is the person who finds
wisdom, the one who gets understanding.
2. So you can become more dependent on the Lord.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 Each time he said,
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”
So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses,
so that the power of Christ can work through me.
That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses,
and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and
troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak,
then I am strong.
John 15:5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches.
Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit.
For apart from me you can do nothing.
3. God wants you to spend time with HIM, but
you lost your first love.
2 ‘I know [a]your deeds and your toil, and your patient endurance,
and that you cannot tolerate those who are evil, and have tested and
critically appraised those who call themselves apostles
(special messengers, personally chosen representatives, of Christ),
and [in fact] are not, and have found them to be liars and impostors;
3 and [I know that] you [who believe] are enduring patiently and
are bearing up for My name’s sake, and that you have not grown weary
[of being faithful to the truth].
4 But I have this [charge] against you,
that you have left your first love [you have lost the depth of love that you first had for Me].
5 So remember the heights from which you have fallen, and repent
[change your inner self—your old way of thinking, your sinful behavior—
seek God’s will] and do the works you did at first
[when you first knew Me]; otherwise, I will visit you and remove your lampstand
(the church, its impact) from its place—unless you repent.
5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
5 Examine and test and evaluat
and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves
Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you—unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected?
3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
2 Those who think they know something do not yet know anything as they should.
26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?”
27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”
28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”