School discipline may be something strange in the days we were living in. However for those who grew up when caning was live in schools, we know very well what it meant to be disciplined by the teachers. The boy child knew what it means to touch the toes as canes descended on you from behind and as for our sisters, the palms of the hands used to be the favorite. There has been a lot of debate regarding caning by the teachers in school but given that this is the system I went through, I personally don’t mind it. Teachers were not disciplining us to kill us but rather to correct and restore us. This reminds me about how our Heavenly Father disciplines us. God does not discipline us with the intention to destroy us but rather to reform us. God’s discipline is tampered with his mercy and grace and wishes that we can see his love permeating our pain. No matter how a parent disciplines a child, their heart bleeds more at the pain and the intention is to bring up a responsible child. The scriptures admonishes us not to be negative about God’s discipline but rather to submit knowing very well thatGod disciplines us for our own good. When we are suffering consequences for our mistakes, it’s possible to grow bitter and think of God as a dictator but the fact is God disciplines us out of love. The most beautiful thing is knowing that at any given moment, we can still appeal to his unending mercies. This gives us hope no matter what we are going through. Where are you going through a difficult situation where you are tempted to think God is punishing you? Where are you suffering the consequences of your mistakes? Where are you tempted to think God is angry with you? You can appeal to his love and grace. God’s discipline is both temperate and timed and will not be long. Agree with God and bear with hopeful expectations. It will end up working for your good!
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23 NIV
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