Scripture for Today: Hebrews 12:11 “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.”
This morning I had wild blackberries on my cereal! I had no idea that the thorny weed I had been meaning to pull out would bear fruit! I have been annoyed brushing past it but I kept putting off doing anything about it. Now, I am glad I procrastinated! Those berries were a sweet surprise! Getting at the fruit was difficult without getting stuck on the thorns, but well worth the effort.
Our verse for today speaks of fruit as well; the fruit of righteousness. It comes as a result of thorny sorrowful discipline. Every believer goes through it from time to time. The Lord disciplines those He loves. And He does it for our good so that we can share in His holiness (Heb. 12:6 &10). It is not exacting punishment as He took that on Himself at the cross. His discipline is proof that He loves me and that I belong to Him (Heb. 12:8). He uses it to correct and teach. Nevertheless, it hurts.
Probably, when He is in the process of disciplining me, I resemble that thorny weed. I wonder if other believers look at me and think I need to be pulled out of there! Do I sometimes look at other believers the same way?! We are all in process of becoming like Him and becoming more fruitful. He is patient and loving with me and I need to be the same way with others!
I am thankful that at the end of sorrow, there is joy at seeing what He has produced! As much as it hurts, thank you, Lord, for Your loving discipline.