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Discipline

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If you are a regular reader of Song Talks then you know occasionally I will use this platform to encourage you all with what the Lord is teaching me.  This week is one of those weeks!

No one really enjoys discipline. My children are currently in a season right now where discipline seems to be the only way to get through their stubborn little heads. Whether it's blatant disobedience to a request of their parents, fighting and yelling over stolen toys, unfair game play or just a nasty attitude about everything, discipline always seem to set them straight.

Well…ahem…it's not only the kids in our house that have received discipline lately. Good old dad has been chastised by the Lord this week. Yes ladies and gentlemen, us hired ministerial guns can mess things up pretty good too. But wouldn't you know it, the Bible has much to say about the discipline of the Lord and what it means. Check this out from Hebrews 12:

"And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by Him. FOR THE LORD DISCIPLINES THE ONE HE LOVES, AND CHASTISES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECIEVES." (ALL CAPS MINE J)

Who knew that getting the smack down by the Holy Spirit would result in demonstrating His love for me?  Okay, so lots of people probably knew that already. I've never been accused of being the sharpest knife in the drawer if you know what I mean. What a fresh and wonderful reminder.

You are probably wondering what it was that I have done that required discipline from above. Well, it's nothing earth shattering. Actually, that's not really true, it was earth shattering for the Son of God. You see, we have this tendency to categorize sin.  We won't commit the really bad ones i.e. Murder, adultery, even stealing…but we can let some of them go and just be okay with it. Gossip, slander, hatred, and lying to name a few. This is where I got caught up.

I've naturally been a pretty trusting person. I believe what you are telling me is true. I can't imagine you would lie to me to better yourself or make your situation seem something that was false or built up.  Call it naivety or just plain stupid, that's me. However, somewhere along the way, maybe over the last few years, I have become cynical. I have begun to doubt the genuineness of people and become skeptical of just about everything. It could be just about anything that will trigger my old friend skepticism. A social media profile, differing theological position than mine, or simply history I may have with a similar situation or person could send up a red flag.

Well, this last weekend, the Lord brought it to my attention. He showed me my sin in profound ways that literally left me speechless. In fact the only thing I could do was sing. I couldn't pray out loud, I couldn't express my opinions. I could only do what in fact was given to me only by God Himself. Sing.

Needless to say, I had some repenting to do and that I did. Not just to the Lord, but to others that I had infected with my skepticism and doubt. And friends, it felt good.  It felt good to feel the warmth of the breath of God on me again. I was immediately reminded of the passage above.  He disciplines us because He loves us. Just like my wife and I do to our kids when they act a fool, the Lord so does to us.  If you get a chance this week, read the rest of Hebrews 12. God deeply cares for you and I.  If He didn't, why would he discipline us?  Why would we feel conviction and sorrow over our sin? Read it. It will bless you!

Have a great week!

Blessings

Mark

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