During that time, I memorized Hebrews 12:1-12.
Verse seven says, "Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?"
Some of our difficulties are consequences of sin, so I started by asking God if my problems were sin-related (1 Corinthians 11:27-32).
When God didn't reveal that my problems were punishment for sin, I realized discipline isn't always punishment. Sometimes it's training. That's why we call prayer a "spiritual discipline."
And suffering is obviously a good form of discipline if our loving Father uses it for His children.
Quadriplegic Joni Eareckson Tada encourages us to cooperate with God's discipline, drawing closer to Him and seeking His purposes instead of pulling away and fighting them.
Does discipline typically draw you closer to the Lord or pull you away?
source: A Place of Healing, Joni Eareckson Tada
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