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
My goal should be to imitate the life of Jesus. He needs to be my focus. A few verses earlier, the writer of Hebrews tells his readers to keep their eyes fixed on Jesus. What did he do? He obeyed the Father. He endured the cross. He disregarded the shame of the cross. Now he is seated at the right hand of God. Was it easy? No. Jesus prayed that he could do it another way. Even though he did not want to die on the cross, he obeyed. He died a horrible death so that I might be saved eternally and share that same home with God. Sin is what separates us from God. Everyone sins, Romans 3. We all struggle with sin, with doing what is wrong. The good news that encourages me is that God corrects me. He disciplines me. He loves me. His love is apparent when he disciplines me. As a parent, I must not make the mistake of not disciplining my children. That is not love for it will bring a lifetime of struggle and heartache to them. When I suffer, God is allowing me to be disciplined so that I can grow stronger in the fight against sin in my life. It will all be worth the struggle when we enter our eternal home! So fight on and do not give up!