Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny
You have not yet resisted to the point of bloodshed in your struggle against sin. And have you forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as sons? “My son, do not scorn the Lord’s discipline or give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and chastises every son he accepts.” Hebrews 12.4-6
Do you discipline your children? Why do you? Hopefully, it is so they will come to understand that authority is to be obeyed for their good. You teach your children that if they do certain things, there will be consequences which is considered to be discipline.
God disciplines his children. His discipline serves at least two purposes. It is to help our faith to grow. Discipline is not always pleasant, but with the proper attitude, much can be learned from it.
Discipline also serves to teach you perseverance. The writer of Hebrews, in 12.2, tells his readers to keep their eyes fixed on Jesus. He is our focal point. He is where all the concentration should be. Only then, can you endure the difficult times. God wants his children to arrive at their destination, which is heaven.
When times become difficult, just remember that, most likely, you have not shed blood due to your struggles or sin. Then, remember that Jesus shed blood, not for his own sin for he had no sin. His blood was shed for you and for your sins.