True sonship includes being disciplined. If we are not disciplined or reproved or corrected by God, we’re not truly sons.
Hebrews 12:7-8 reads as follows:
“Endure it as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there whom a father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline – which all receive – then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
Discipline from God is one way He deals with us in love.
“…the Lord disciplines the one He loves…” – Hebrews 12:6
Now that I know this Truth, I can embrace the Lord’s corrections instead of being offended when the Lord redirects me. I know it’s not an ‘if’ but rather a ‘when’ that I will have the opportunity to embrace the Lord’s correction, because it says ALL sons receive the Lord’s discipline.
I don’t have to view discipline as necessarily a bad thing, though. When I receive discipline, I can be assured I am a son or a daughter of God. Instead of believing the accusing lies of God’s enemy, I can listen to the voice of my Father and be reassured that He only disciplines His legitimate sons and daughters.
Practical application? It sounds strange, but the next time the Lord rebukes me, I have a feeling I’ll have a smile on my face, because I’ll be laughing inwardly, knowing the Lord is reassuring me I’m a legitimate daughter. Correction and rebuke – perhaps it doesn’t have to be all doomsday. It can be an opportunity to build character, but it can also serve as a way to know God as a Just Judge and a Loving Disciplinary Father.