Hebrews 12:11

Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.


There always seems to be that one unruly child in a restaurant that makes your dining experience more of a trial sent from above than a pleasant evening out on the town. They throw tantrums and don’t respond to their parents’ efforts to curb their bad behavior. It happens. These children most likely do not receive the right kind of correction and discipline at home, and thus behave like a caged mongoose in the restaurant or in the store when something doesn’t go as they feel it should.


I remember how bad it felt to receive correction from my parents, but how very thankful I am now that they gave it. God doesn’t want to have children that are undisciplined and unruly. His children are well mannered, strong in character, and behave as one that professes to hold the Spirit of God in their souls should. The reason they are this way is because God disciplines and corrects His children. He loves His children, so he corrects them (Hebrews 12:6).


When you think about the trials that you have gone through in your life, or perhaps the one you are now navigating, rest assured that it is the result of the love of Christ. It is only by the love of God that we are tested and tried, and found to be a son or daughter of God.


It might not seem like the best experience to receive correction from God. Every child of His must first be tested and tried. It is the love of Christ that makes it so. You are loved.


64-0416 - “And When Their Eyes Were Opened, They Knew Him”

And God let's things happen like that. He does that, purposely, just to—just to test you. Now let me get this before you, straight, so that you'll understand that every son that comes to God has got to be child-trained. He's got to be tested; every son. If you're never tested, you're not a son. If you can't stand the chastisement of God, then you're illegitimate, and not a child of God. You claim God is your Father, you say, "Oh, I can't believe." Well, that just shows that God is not your Father; see, you would—you would get It. Now notice, this testing, God tests every one of His children. All that come to Him must first be tested, tried, proved.


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