(ANON QUESTION RECEIVED FROM GodfirstGodalways)
A lot of things are going badly in my life right now. Is it my fault, am I being punished?
I believe punishment is for the wicked, the ones who deliberately go against God without fear especially those who have not been saved, and discipline is for the righteous, the ones who have declared Jesus as their Savior. There’s verses in the Bible that associate punishment with the wicked and discipline with the righteous. The word discipline comes from disciple, so discipline is for those who love Him. So which one are you? Are you with the wicked and unrighteous or are you a child of His, are you a disciple but nonetheless still imperfect? I will be praying for you no matter what your answer is. 🙂
Remember that your negative feelings are only there to give you a wake up call because you have a choice how to respond, but they shouldn’t be trusted in the long run because you could end up living mostly on emotions (which is what I did for so long), and that’s very dangerous. It’s also easy to sin because good feelings is the reward when all it is is temporary happiness, not something you’ll want to make a habit of doing for the rest of your life. That’s where discipline comes in. I believe whenever we sense that life is just not for us, there’s a reason God has us exactly where He wants us and it’s not to make our lives a living hell, but He wants us to grow by approaching our struggles with awe of Him. He uses our lack and weakness to get our attention, so start praising Him and learn to love Him more.
This is how I look at it….God loves you so much to discipline you. You should be thanking Him. Discipline and pain is there to remind us our spiritual growth matters. Our parents’ job is to love us the best they can and love never comes without discipline, so just try to imagine how much God loves you, that’s how much He’ll discipline you too. Fear Him but don’t fear how He’ll discipline you. Trust me, the more you accept that He disciplines you because He loves you, the more you mature and gain wisdom and therefore become more confident and faithful. Don’t be afraid of His discipline; the result will always be good because God is good. Thank you for this. God bless you!
Hebrews 12:10-11 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.
Matthew 25:46 “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Proverbs 10:27 The fear of the LORD prolongs life, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
Proverbs 14:32 The wicked is thrust down by his wrongdoing, But the righteous has a refuge when he dies.
Revelation 3:19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.
Psalm 30:5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
By His Grace, Sheela (Via godfirstgodalways)