God as our Father disciplines us, who are His children. We may not like it, nor agree with how or why of it. God is just; Correction by a loving Father is more preferable than dealing with the consequences of my behavior later.
Discipline reveals how much God loves us. This is a clue into knowing our Creator God. A hard fact for earthly parents to grasp is; love is tough at times. Review below verses mined from scriptures to help us understand our God more clearly.
Why Does God Discipline Us?
Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you for your own good. Deuteronomy 8:5
For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:12
Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world. 1 Corinthians 11:32
“I am with you and will save you,” says the Lord … “I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you, but with justice; I cannot let you go unpunished.” Jeremiah 30:11
For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” Hebrews 12:6
I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference. Revelation 3:19
Causes of God’s Discipline
But consider the joy of those corrected by God! Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty when you sin. Job 5:17
I used to wander off until you disciplined me, but now I closely follow your word. Psalm 119:67
Our Attitude Should Be:
Then why should we, mere humans, complain when we are punished for our sins? Instead, let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the Lord. Lamentations 3:39-40
My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline and don’t be upset when he corrects you. Proverbs 3:11
Only a fool despises a parent’s discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise. Proverbs 15:5
And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. Hebrews 12:5
As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Whoever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? Hebrews 12:7
So be diligent and turn from your indifference. Revelation 3:19
God’s Discipline Leads to:
Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. Isaiah 38:16
Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? Hebrews 12:9
God’s discipline is always good for us so that we might share in his holiness. Hebrews 12:10
No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward, there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:11
I will be patient as the Lord punishes me, for I have sinned against him. But after that, he will take up my case and give me justice for all I have suffered from my enemies. The Lord will bring me into the light, and I will see his righteousness. Micah 7:9
f you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding. Proverbs 15:32I
Finally, consider what Paul told Timothy: All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Timothy 3:16 Therefore, if we would dig into the Word of God and live according to His guidelines, we would save ourselves from God’s discipline.