How Do Others View Our Lives?

“Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. ” Hebrews 12.11

I spoke a few days ago about “chastening.” I thought a follow-up might be in order, since this is an area where most of us struggle to understand what God is doing. I’m sure you have heard the expression, “Things are not always what they SEEM to be!” The writer here in Hebrews writes: “no chastening … seems to be joyous, but grievous.” As a child, I don’t ever remember receiving correction that was “joyous. But it was necessary. I don’t ever remember correcting my children and afterwards saying to my self: “WOW that was fun.”
Take note of these words: “afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness …” One translation puts it like this: “it yields the fruit of peace  and righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” I don’t think any of us would reject a life that is the fruit of peace. Peace reigns supreme in our hearts when we surrender our chaos to God. All of us prefer a life of peace that exhibits righteousness (right living) to a life that is characterized by turmoil and discord. The author goes on to say that those who are “exercised thereby” or “trained by” the discipline we experience will then begin to manifest or display the life of peace and righteousness. Let’s learn from God today and watch Him manifest Himself in and through us with a life of peace and righteousness. Just My Thoughts  …

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