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A Daily Devotion for Thursday, March 9

Hebrews 12: 7-11


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.


These are extremely difficult verses for me. I do believe that God allows us to experience hardship and pain, but I have never believed He does this as discipline or punishment. I know God allows us to grow when we are faced with challenges. Perhaps the writer of these verses felt that because God does not protect us from the realities of life, this is discipline. I am very much looking forward to reading what others take away from these verses.


Holy One, sometimes Scripture is confusing and unclear to me. Help me to understand what I am meant to understand. I will go on with my journey, longing to be closer to you. Amen


Becky, transforming

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Hebrews 12: 10,11

"...He disciplines us for our good that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it."

That which appears to be tribulation can be God's discipline. Our proper response then is asking for strength to persevere.

Thank you Lord for your guidance, especially for the little 'nudges' of the Holy Spirit which are so helpful. Amen

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Rosalind Spiller
Rosalind Spiller
09 mar 2023

Hebrews 12:7–11


These are very difficult verses for me. I’m not sure of the true meaning. Discipline often has a negative connotation. We don’t like to be disciplined and it means we’ve done something wrong. But we are told here, that God disciplines those he loves. He offers discipline to remind us that we are loved. When we are wrong, when we are in a bad place, when we are enduring hard times, we need to look at them as learning opportunities and turn to the God of love for an answer, a solution, or some peace. Maybe, just maybe at the most difficult times of our lives, if we can remember that we are loved as a child o…


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Beverly Flynn
Beverly Flynn
09 mar 2023

Thursday, March 9th, 2023

Hebrews 12:7-11

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields…


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Tom
Tom
09 mar 2023

Hebrews 12: 7-11 When the time came for me to exert discipline on my own children it was not (I pray) capricious or without cause. They brought it on themselves in the action or inaction they engaged in that required correction. God does not guide us into sin to teach us lessons. God uses our sin and its consequences to prune and shape our spiritual development. God does not strike us with a horrible disease, but may use that trial to hone and sharpen our faith. Life is complicated.


Prayer - Loving God, my prayer is to avoid situations that bring about Your discipline. When it does occur, grant me the wisdom to learn from my mistakes. Amen


TAA

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