Chastening In Love

“My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”

Hebrews 12:5b-6

I grew up in the days of corporal punishment when the school principal had a paddle in his top drawer. I have been to the principal’s office many times and worn out a paddle or two. We also had a spanking stick at my house that was well familiar with my back side, and we were on a first name basis.

The spanking stick at home was housed in a cabinet along with my Dad’s soda cans he took to work. I would hear the cabinet open every morning and my heart would race. My mind would go over the catalog of deeds I had done the previous day, and I was praying I hadn’t committed an offense. A lot of the times I was safe (at least in the early mornings), but there were a few times I made a visit to the proverbial “wood shed”. 

I have received many spankings in my life, and I know I have deserved several thousand more. I would sometimes see my parents cry as they spanked me, and this brought about great confusion. I would try to appeal to their sensitivity, but they told me they loved me and that was why they were spanking me. The statement on its face seemed to be an oxymoron to me, but I now understand what they meant. 

After almost every spanking I received, I had a feeling of peace and relief. The spanking drew me closer to my parents and it restored me back to a right relationship. I have also been chastened by the Lord, and although I did not desire it at the time, I am grateful to know that He cares enough about me to not let me stray too far. I am grateful that He loves me enough to correct me, and I am grateful to be restored back to Him. There is love in discipline and the Lord loves those whom He chastens. 

Are you one of the Lord’s children? Do you feel the chastening of the Lord? Do you regret His chastening or are you grateful for them? Do you learn from the spiritual spankings or do you still live a life of rebellion? May we draw close to our God when we are chastened, and may we be mature enough to know that He loves us when we are corrected. May we not grow weary of His correction and may we learn from His spankings. 

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