To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction. Proverbs 12:1
In this verse discipline is being associated with correction. We are encouraged to love discipline/correction if we are to learn and grow. Not doing so and despising correction is foolish.
Two words I would never use side by side in a sentence: love and discipline. I wouldn’t even think it possible and here we are called to love discipline?
I normally associate the word “discipline” with some sort of punishment and/or agonizing pain. As a child when my parents disciplined me they DID. NOT. SPARE. THE. ROD! or if If they put me on punishment by grounding me, I felt it was equally dreadful. When I had to train for my first-ever 5K , and had discipline myself to regularly train even when I didn’t want to, I had to push myself to run longer every time, even when I felt that death was imminent. I had to overcome shin splints, runner’s knee, and achy feet in order to reach this goal. Discipline has always involved some sort of pain! Hence my disdain for it. Even the first definition in the dictionary for discipline is “the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.” Not very love-inspiring. None the less we are encouraged to love discipline if we want to learn and told that it is stupid if we hate correction. Correction. Not punishment. In fact, throughout the bible, discipline is synonymous for correction. It is even written that being disciplined by God is evidence that you are his child (Hebrews 12:) The Lord corrects and disciplines all those he loves (Rev 3:19).
Whenever I have undergone discipline, I focused on the punishment and pain rather than correction and the lesson or growth as a result of it. When I place my attention on the correction, what is being learned or gained, I can experience all discipline in a new way that makes me stronger and smarter. Let’s not get crazy, discipline is never going to be fun – as noted in Hebrews 12:11 ” No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening, It’s painful. but afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.”
God, thank you for your word. Thank you for teaching me the fundamentals of living this life. Thank you for showing me the importance of embracing discipline and correction in my life, for opening my eyes to see your love for us in your correction. Lord, I love my children too much to let them go uncorrected when they do wrong or need grow. How much more do you love us to leave us in a broken and hopeless state? Lord, help me to remember and see the benefits of discipline/correction by focusing on what it yields: a peaceful harvest.