Thursday, May 1 st , 2025
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A Father's Love and Discipline

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when He rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastens everyone He accepts as His son.”

“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:5-11

In our journey of faith, we encounter trials and challenges that test our endurance and faithfulness. Just as a wise and loving earthly father administers discipline to his children, our Heavenly Father guides and corrects us through His divine discipline. As we meditate on Hebrews 12:5-11, we gain insights into the impact that fathers have on their children's lives and discover how it mirrors God's discipline and love for His own.

Most earthly fathers diligently guide and discipline their children, aiming for their ultimate well-being, and so it is with our Heavenly Father. Though in the midst of pain and adversity, we may find it perplexing, we can take solace and reassurance in the truth that God's discipline flows from His immeasurable love for us. Let’s not diminish or trivialize His discipline, nor allow our hearts to waver when He corrects us. Instead, let’s embrace it as a clear sign that we are truly His beloved children. God's discipline is never intended to harm or discourage us; rather, it meticulously shapes and molds us into vessels that radiate His holiness.

Consider a child who reverently and obediently honors the discipline of their earthly father. How much more should we, with reverence and yielded submission, bow our hearts to our Father in Heaven? Earthly fathers discipline based on their limited wisdom, but the discipline of our Heavenly Father goes beyond all human understanding. It is perfect and precisely tailored for our ultimate benefit. In those moments when discipline brings discomfort and pain, let us hold fast to the assurance that it carries within it the seeds of righteousness and peace—a bountiful harvest awaiting those who persevere through the refining process. Through God's tender and compassionate discipline, we are shaped, refined, and ultimately transformed into men and women of godly character, unwavering faith, and participants in His holiness.

Please pray with me … Father God, on this coming Father’s Day, we seize this divine invitation and wholeheartedly embrace Your discipline in our lives. We recognize it as an expression of Your boundless and steadfast love for us as Your cherished children. Just as earthly fathers hold significant influence in the lives of their children, we acknowledge the paramount importance of Your discipline, understanding that it is a powerful force, shaping us into the image of Christ, to whom we are called. With hearts overflowing with gratitude, we face the inevitable struggles of life, resting in the knowledge that Your discipline leads us along a path of righteousness and peace. We trust in Your guidance, knowing that You are drawing us ever closer to the fullness of life found in Jesus. It’s in Jesus name that we pray. Amen.

Happy Father's Day to all of the earthly fathers out there … and Happy Father’s Day to our Heavenly Father, the perfect example of love and discipline!

Rejoicing in Hope, preserving in tribulation, and dedicated to prayer!

Dion Elmore

Vice President