Is it true that God punishes His people? Although the answer is "yes," the correct term is "discipline." God punishes those He deems His children in the same way as our biological parents would if we did something wrong.
“My son, do not consider lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him,” says Hebrews 12:6-7. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and every son he welcomes is chastised.' You must persevere for the sake of discipline. You are being treated like sons by God.
What father has a son who is not disciplined by his father?”
God does not punish you because He despises you. Instead, all He wants to do is rectify your errors and assist you in improving your character. Keep in mind that you are a holy King's kid.
So, how can you know whether you're being punished by God? You can look for the signs listed below.
1. Your wrongdoings have been revealed.
God is both love and justice. As a result, no matter how much He loves you, He will not put up with your sins. He will chastise you in a variety of ways, one of which is by exposing your error. It may cost you your relationships with others or other significant possessions, but justice must be done.
Have you ever tried to conceal a mistake only to be caught in the end? Rather than blaming God for the mess, you must humble yourself and accept responsibility. It may be hard, but praise the Lord that you are no longer a prisoner of your past. At the very least, the truth absolves you of your guilt.
2. You Are Suffering As A Result Of Your Actions.
Another indicator that God is disciplining you is that you are being held accountable for your conduct. I'll say it again: God is just. He is merciful and sympathetic, but He also ensures that justice is carried out. As a result, even if you repent of your actions, you cannot avoid the repercussions of your errors.
Even if you have already asked for forgiveness, do not be upset if God allows you to suffer for your sins. It's not as though God is a tyrant. He is, however, a God of order, and sins are not tolerated by Him. Take, for example, David. He was a "man after God's own heart," but he was punished by God when he committed adultery and murder. God, on the other hand, did not abandon David.
3. You're haunted by a sense of guilt.
Do you suffer from guilt as a result of a mistake you made? Guilt is one of the most unpleasant sensations a person can have. It can make you feel insignificant and embarrassed. Furthermore, too much guilt will make you realize that being the victim of pain is preferable to being the source of it.
Guilt is one form of God's wrath. You may not be aware of its visible existence, but it is chewing at you from within. It will remain until you have made amends and have been forgiven by people you have wronged. It may appear harsh, but that is the price of justice.
4. Your actions backfired on you.
Another indicator of God's wrath is when the wrong you caused to others came back to haunt you. Instead of successfully injuring the person you despise, your strategy backfired on you. Have you ever been in a situation like this?
Yes, God loves you, but He also loves others. He doesn't favor anyone. He does not take sides and will seek vengeance for people who have been wronged by others. That's why it offends the Lord when you try to harm others. He'll agree to let you pay for it.
5. You're back to square one.
One of the most heinous penalties is being forced to drop below your current level of success. It can be applied to any area of life, including work, relationships, ministry, and influence. You must be cautious since one mistake can cost you everything. If you cheat on your lover, for example, you will lose their trust and possibly the relationship. Alternatively, if you are detected engaging in unlawful transactions at work, you will very certainly lose your job.
Of course, this is a result of sin, and God will have to allow you to experience it. However, if you completely repent of your actions, God will assist you in getting back on your feet. It may take a long time, but you may recover from your loss if you choose to do the right thing this time.
6. You're Being Humbled
The purpose of God's punishment is to humble and transform you. Pride is the source of many sins, and the Lord does not want His children to succumb to it. As a result, don't be surprised if He disciplines you when you battle pride. He only wishes to humble you.
You might, for example, be so enamored of your intelligence that you dismiss the abilities of others. This does not sit well with God. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit,” the Bible states in Philippians 2:3. Rather, value others above yourself in humility.” As a result, God may enable you to fail in front of individuals you despise.
7. Discipline causes you to repent.
Have you ever had a bad event that caused you to repent of your wrongdoings and recommit yourself to God? If you answered yes, it's a sign that you've been disciplined. God wanted you to think about your wrongdoings, so He put you through difficulties that forced you to admit them.
Remember that God punishes you to rectify your incorrect ideas and deeds. The ultimate goal is for you to be disciplined. As a result, anytime He sees you learning from your mistakes, He rejoices. He merely wants you to grow in wisdom and maturity.
It Causes You To Change.
Repentance without action is, of course, futile. The only way to know if the discipline is effective is to see the individual's transformation. If you suffer as a result of making a mistake, but afterward change for the better, you have gone through a process of God's discipline.
If this describes your situation, give thanks to the Lord for your ordeal. Do not regard the procedure as a punishment, but rather as a disciplinary measure aimed at improving your performance. Of course, you should make every effort to never revert to your previous state. Keep in mind the lessons you've learned from previous failures.
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