Hebrews 12:11 ESV

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

If you’ve ever seen a piece of wood furniture being restored, the first steps don’t seem to make much sense.  It looks more like the furniture is being destroyed while it’s stripped of its finish.  But in order for the new stain to fully penetrate the fibers of the wood, the old has to be completely removed.

God’s discipline is intended to grow and restore, not punish.  But often He needs to refine us in certain areas, removing barriers that are holding us back from receiving and following His leading.  At times that process can be difficult, but He loves us enough to break habits, soften hearts and even remove negative relationships that are keeping us from the path He has planned for our lives.

Trust His love for you even if the process doesn’t make sense at the moment.  It’s the nature of a Good Father to want nothing but the best for His children!

Steve Rimikis
Executive Pastor


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