18. God shapes you with loving discipline.

What does this entry mean to you?

What do you think it means to God?

What do you think the Bible has to say about it?

Hebrews 12:7-11

God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training, the normal experience of children. Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. Would you prefer an irresponsible God? We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live? While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best. At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God. (MSG)

What does God want you to know about Him in this text?

What does this passage mean to you in your life today?

What does God want you to do about it?

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