Going to the Wood Shed

By Pastor David Speas

Hebrews 12:6-7 - For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

From an early age, I was taught the need for a holy heart.  I knew from both experience and teaching that salvation didn't take away my unChristlike attitudes and desire (just as my family).  Oh, I had a desire to please God.  But I still had a tension in my heart.  Even after salvation, I wanted to talk back to my parents.  Even after salvation, I wanted to fight with my younger brother.  Even after salvation, I wanted to blame my sister for things I'd done.  God had forgiven my sins; but He hadn't completely changed my heart.

I'm thankful that one day I did surrender every part of myself to His Lordship and He did give me victory over these areas of my life.  But somewhere along the way, I picked up the notion that messed me up for several years.

I thought that sanctification (being purified by God's Holy Spirit) meant I would never mess up again.

Imagine my confusion when, from time to time, I slipped up.  Guilt would flood my heart as I realized my sin.  I would immediately repent.  But the remorse always lingered.  I would feel like a failure knowing I had let down God.  Then one day God revealed this truth:

God only disciplined people He loves.

If God didn't care about me, He would just let me go on in my sin.  That guilt that I hated so much was actually a sign of His love.  Think of it!  God loves us so much that He disciplines us--because change and victory are possible.  He disciplines us b/c He has a richer, fuller, free-er life that He wants us to experience.

What had been a discouragement turned into a blessing!

Don't get me wrong, I still don't like being disciplined.  But now I know He does it from a heart of love.  Allow God to discipline you when necessary and don't fight it.  Instead, realize, it's coming from a heart of love!