"My beloved, how can I wash you with My words
if you refuse to allow My prophets to speak My discipline?
Shall I leave you unwashed,
without the discipline I give every child I love?
"No! I will send you prophets
who will speak My heart of love for you,
even My discipline.
"Will you listen to Me or will you turn away
because My discipline doesn't make you feel good immediately?"
You have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:
'My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline,
and do not lose heart when He rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines those He loves,
and He punishes everyone He accepts as a son'...
What son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined
(and everyone undergoes discipline) then you are not true sons.
Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us
and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit
to the Father of our Spirits and live!
Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best;
but God disciplines us for our own good, that we may share in His holiness.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.
Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness
and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Art: "'Prophecy is Only Positive, Jesus!'"