The Strength of Acceptance
Getting to Know You
In the teaching this Sunday, Luke talked about accepting discipline. When you were growing up who was your primary disciplinarian? Was it Mom, Dad, guardian, sibling, etc.?
Were you more likely to resist or accept discipline? If you’re comfortable, please share.If you had one or more siblings, who was more likely to receive discipline? You or your sibling(s)?
No one likes to feel pain. But sometimes pain is a helpful tool to teach us lessons. If you burn your hand on a stove, hopefully you won’t put it back! In life, however, it’s not that simple. We often go back into the flames and get burned. We are often slow to learn our lesson. Please read the following passages about pain and discipline.
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fools repeat their folly.
Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding them like grain with a pestle, you will not remove
their folly from them.
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.
A rebuke impresses a discerning person more than a hundred lashes a fool.
These sting a little, right?! But they can teach us a lot about learning our lessons! What can you learn from these passages?
We’ll read one more passage—this one is about God’s discipline of us. Please underline any commands you find as you read.
4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 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! 10 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. 11 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.
How many commands did you find?
Did you find anything interesting, challenging, or encouraging in these commands?
Luke made the point on Sunday that acceptance give discipline its value. If we won’t accept discipline, it’s not going to help us any. Here, the Scripture says that everyone undergoes discipline, but not everyone reaps a harvest of righteousness and peace from it—only those who have been trained by it (v.8, 11).
What does it mean to be trained by discipline?
Bringing it Home
In the passage we just read, we’re told to view our hardships as God’s discipline. This includes hardships we don’t deserve. All of our hardships are valuable when we accept them as discipline for the purpose of training.
What have the hardships in your life produced in you? Have they led to peace and righteousness? If not, what do you need to do to accept the training God is giving you?
If you haven’t already covered it, what do you want to apply from this week’s study?