Influencing culture for the Kingdom

Proverbs 12:1 NIV

“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.”‬‬

I love that on this particular point St. Augustine is quoted: “Quicumque corripi non vis, ex eo sane corripiendus es quia corripi non vis”. How cay you disagree? Sorry, I know it’s early for some who are reading this and you might be rubbing your eyes to see why the letters got all jumbled up. I couldn’t resist although I probably should have. Both Solomon and Augustine, in Latin, wanted us to know that discipline, correction, instruction all work to give us a properly humble opinion of ourselves so that we open up to receive insight and instruction about ourselves. Then we are in a place to die to those dangerous areas He reveals in our lives and grow in Godly character as He takes over those places with His spirit. The very blunt use of stupid, a word our kids were not allowed to use about another, reflects God’s view that those of us who are His a not worthy of such an ignorant response to Gods discipline. We read elsewhere that He only disciplines those He loves, those He considers family. We have all heard the illustrations showing how parents discipline their kids out of love. We don’t let them play in traffic, eat things that will hurt them or any number of actions, habits or behaviors that will keep them from growing into wise, safe, godly men and women. The tantrums of a child who has been told no is very, well, childish. Let’s not act the same when facing Gods discipline. Today, receive Gods discipline for what it is and grow. #BeTheEdge

“because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Hebrews‬ ‭12:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬