Learned Obedience

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Hebrews 5:8

“Although He (Jesus) was a Son

He learned obedience through the things which He suffered.”

I was quite the prima donna at one point in my life.  For a long time I was the center of the universe, my universe.  I thought the world revolved around me and my happiness, or lack of it.

If the Son of God learned obedience though suffering, I should have known that was how I would need to learn.  I mean come on, we’re talking Jesus here.  If the precious and perfect Son of God had to suffer, I, the chief of sinners, would certainly need to suffer.  The trick is learning to receive God’s correction as an act of love.  When I went through my darkest hours, at first I thought God was mad at me.  Then I figured He must not love me anymore.  And in course, I thought he was punishing me for all the bad things I did.  But having held on to Christ through it all, I learned the painful way of God’s love.

It’s so easy to receive His encouragement (His hugs and kisses, as I like to call them), but when He has to spank us a bit, well we don’t like that very much.  But like any good parent, discipline comes as an act of love.  God does love to lavish good gifts upon His children, but one of His most misunderstood gifts is, the gift of His correction, His reproof, His training in Righteousness.

2 Timothy 3:16

“All Scripture is God-breathed, and profitable for

teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness.”

It’s so wonderful to search the Word of God and be taught by it.  Such wonder and beauty is found there.  But there are three other purposes for His Word listed in the above passage of Scripture.  Reproof, Correction and Training in Righteousness.   I have learned most of my most cherished lessons through God’s loving on me in these three ways.  No, I’m not a sadistic person who loves too suffer, nor do I love to inflict suffering on others. It’s just a fact that most of us seem to learn best from our mistakes and not our triumphs.  At least this is true for me.

 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. (Hebrews 12:7-11)  
That says it all for me.  God disciplines us because He loves us.  He always disciplines us for our good.  And once we have been Trained by His discipline, it yields the peaceful fruit of Righteousness.  Want peace?  Then embrace God’s loving discipline.  He has loved me into a new woman, and He’s not finished yet.  I loves His hugs and kisses, but I’ve grown to love His discipline as well.  Thank You, God, for being a great Father, and loving me too much to let me have my own way.  Amen and Amen
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About eloracseniah

May God's Truth prevail and Love triumph, where we have failed. Amen
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One Response to Learned Obedience

  1. Mom says:

    we are ALL a work in progress and we need to be gentle with ourselves as well as with others.., BLESSINGS. Love, Mom

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