“You must submit and endure correction and instruction. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom the father does not correct and discipline? But God corrects us in discipline for our certain good, that we may become sharers in His own holiness. For the time being all discipline and correction seems grievous and painful, but later on it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:7-11
Each on of us is on this personal journey with God where His focus primarily will be on bringing the Christ’s character in us. It starts with accepting His forgiveness and His willingness to clothe us with Jesus’ righteousness, but it continues with His glorious work in our souls.
In this process of working out our salvation, the work of the Holy Spirit in our soul will always include correction and discipline. Let’s put it out in the open right now:correction and punishment are not the same thing. I am addressing this because many people read the verses in Hebrews with the word punishment! No! The correct word is correction.
This correction comes from God the Father. He does it with completely different approach. We have the tendency to loose sight of honoring the person, but He does it from the perspective of His love and respect for our personalities.
He corrects and disciplines our soul because our soul has difficulties understanding faith, how it works, understanding grace…and His ways.
The Greek word for correction means training you to reach maturity and full development. That’s why the correction is a blessing! God in His love doesn’t want to leave us in the same place where He found us.
The soul opposes this process because it finds it difficult and discomforting, but as stated in God’s word-His ways are above our ways, He works for us not against us, although it feels exactly like that sometimes.
So, let’s hold fast of the promise He made: He will turn it(the correction) into a peaceful gift of righteousness and it will be our glory and our reward.