“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge.” – Proverbs 12:1
Interestingly enough, whenever the word ‘discipline’ is mentioned within any biblical context, people just ascribe to God a character trait that has never been a part of His nature. Almost always people connect the discipline of God with punishment. I do not know how did they come to that standing point, but the original texts of the Bible give totally different explanation of the word ‘discipline’. It’s never ever connected with punishment, but rather with training.
For example: the most common commentary from Christian believers when some other fellow believer falls astray is that God will discipline/punish him because he tasted the goodness of God and backslid.
Now…let’s clear something out!
God’s grace doesn’t react to one’s sin. It dealt with it once and for all on Christ’s cross and now it doesn’t focus on the mistakes and sins but rather on its richness and glorious depths which are available and ready to be revealed to everyone. Grace possess the ability to constantly express itself because it does not own a capacity to punish, but to instruct and train according to its richness in glory. Just as it’s written: “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.”Titus 2:11-12
So, grace again and again brings forth its ability never to be exhausted in one’s life. It trains and equips but never ever punishes.
Another thought to ponder in addition to the depth of God’s grace is this: Angels have never tasted the grace of God because they have never sinned. So when they see humans sinning they see grace surrounding them and marvel and give praise to God because they constantly witness the goodness of their Maker in people’s lives.
Let’s abandon the earthly perspective of who God is and embrace the instruction of His grace which instructs us to be rooted in the ever so powerful revelation that grace has got us under its protection.