As human beings we all go through the process of growth, physically, emotionally, mentally, Spiritually and all sorts of ‘allys’. Growing up is not always the easiest thing to go through, think about all the times when your feet had all of a sudden become too big for your shoes causing you to feel pain when you walk in them. Or when you had to remove your teeth to make room for the new ones growing (I always hated this). Growing up is not always easy.
For some of us that are in phase of migrating to adulthood, the pain that comes with growing up is mostly financial. For example if you are moving out of your parents house, you have to start buying everything on your own from scratch. Things like; blankets, pots, an iron, kettle, hot plate, spoons and the like, almost all the things you will need for your everyday life are expensive. Thats the pain that one has to go through in order to get the freedom and growth that you can only experience outside your parents house (Not to say our parents homes are not great)
Similary, in our Spiritual lives we all have to go through growth, you cannot remain in the same place forever. Growth often comes with discpline, and discipline is always a painful process. But greater joy comes from knowing what is coming on the other side; maturity in your walk with Christ, conquering past struggles, more intimacy in your relationship wth God and character.
Dear reader, are you going through some trials and discipline today? Here is some encouragement from the timeless word of God :
Hebrews 12:5-6 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”
Hebrews 12:11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Proverbs 13:24 Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
Revelations 3:19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.
Psalm 94: 12-14 Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord, and whom you teach out of your law, to give him rest from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked. For the Lord will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage;
Job 5:17 Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty.
1 Peter 5:10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Grace and Peace. 🙂