Today I’m taking a look a 1 Corinthians 11:32:
But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
(1 Corinthians 11:32 ESV)
Most of us don’t like discipline. It usually hurts or is tough to go through. But, it is something we need and, in fact, if we don’t have it, we should be very concerned.
A couple of points from this passage…
1) Discipline comes from the Lord. “But when we are judged by the Lord” points this out. Discipline comes as the result of God judging our behavior or performance.
2) Discipline shows that we belong to God. My favorite passage relating to this comes from Hebrews 12:
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
(Hebrews 12:6-7 ESV)
In the same way a loving parent would discipline his child, God the Father disciplines His children. He doesn’t discipline His children as punishment for their sins – Jesus paid for our sins on the cross. He disciplines us to teach us, to help us.
If God is disciplining me, He is teaching me something. Oh Lord, please help me to learn from your discipline so that I may honor you more!