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The Lord's discipline is an often-ignored fact of life for believers. We often complain about our circumstances without realizing that they are the consequences of our own sin and are a part of the...
Discipline is suppose to be corrective and not just punitive. Especially when it is the Father (God) who administers it, it will be evidently refining. I John.1:9 declares that God is always willing and ready to forgive our errors or mistakes if we admit without arguing or gainsaying it. The question is,why wait for the loving Father to instill discipline before admitting your fault because the Bible says a sin confessed and forsaken will be pardoned 1 Jn 1:8-9. The Father also declared in Isaiah 43:25-26 that we should come and plead our case (I.e Error, fault, mistake or sin), confess our shortcomings before Him and He will forgive us. We must acknowledge that a heart becomes seared with hot iron when it persisted in wrong doing under repeated admonitions of the Holy Spirit (heretic after three admonitions). Again, we must be clear about the father's relationship with His children and His disposition towards the unbelieving. An erroneous child of God only opens himself or herself up to satanic insurgencies and should not think for once that he or she is being punished by God for his or her errors. He has the judgement seat of Christ to answer for all of his or her misbehaviors. However, the unbelieving are already under a verdict of condemnation and eternal punishment John3:18 "...he that believeth not is condemned already...". It is evident from the scriptures that God does not punish His children while they are still on this earth, He justifies them and protect them Romans 8:33 It is always the adversary (satan) that takes advantage of their wrong positioning with God to inflict or afflict them with adversities. Praise Jesus!
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