If you believe in Jesus Christ and you decide to follow him, then you obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, you repent and you are baptized in water and you submit yourself to the discipline of Jesus Christ. He makes you new inside, He makes you a child of God and as a child of God, you have to submit to His discipline; you have to obey His rules. You musty live by the words of Jesus Christ and if you don’t He will discipline you. He will correct you, He will punish you.
That is the privilege of being a child of God.
God’s children also make mistakes, they make many mistakes, but God corrects them. We often learn through what we suffer. The privilege of being a child of God, is the discipline of God. God disciplines His own children. He does not discipline the unbeliever or those who do not know Him. He disciplines His own children, He corrects them so that they can become like Him, so that they can share in His holiness.
God will discipline us until the very end. He will correct us, He will teach us. When we come to Jesus we come with many bad habits, we come from a bad background, and we have to change. He will guide us and He will teach us. He will discipline us and if we refuse to correct, He will severely discipline us. Those who refuse to accept His discipline and correction will eventually be cut off and burned, but God loves us and therefor He disciplines us, so that we can share in His holiness.
He disciplines us so that we can fit into His kingdom. God does not tolerate disobedience, nor sin, therefor he disciplines every child that He accepts. If we do not receive and accept discipline then we are not children of God. It is because He cares for us, that He disciplines us, but we have to respond and obey. We have to submit ourselves to His discipline and grow up to be obedient children of God. If we don’t, we will not inherit His kingdom.
We have to learn to obey Him, follow Him, be taught by Him, serve Him and be part of His kingdom. If we refuse to change, to accept discipline and to serve Him as Lord and Master, then we are not fit for His kingdom, and we will not enter.
It is the love of God, His mercy and His grace, that disciplines us so that we can be true children of God. God’s children also make mistakes but they are disciplined, they are corrected so that they can be pleasing to Him.
Do you accept the discipline of the Holy Spirit? Are you an obedient child of God?
May Jesus bless you.