Hebrews 12:7–11 (ESV)
Do Not Grow Weary
7 It is for discipline
that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Besides this, we have
had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share
his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
I keep hearing people say
“Once saved-always saved.” If that is the case, then why should we be concerned about “enduring?” The Bible keeps talking about enduring... so why? Listen to what the Scriptures state about not enduring. “8
If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.” If we do not endure, then we “are illegitimate children and not sons.” God disciplines “us for our good,
that we may share his holiness.” No one likes to be disciplined, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. I remember as a child being disciplined by my father. I remember the thin belts of the 1960's and the wider belts
of the 70's. I know that I did not like the discipline, but it did correct me and I learned from it. It helped shape me into the person I am today. I know my dad loved me, and he did it for my own good. Later in life, I thanked my dad
for loving me enough to correct and guide me.
I pray: O Lord, continue shaping me and molding me according to your will. I am a work in progress with still a lot of rough edges. Let
your Holy Spirit continue to guide me. Amen.