Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 5, 2018

“Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 18:15-17.

“If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private;  if he listens to you, you have won your brother.  But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed.  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church;  and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”  Matthew 18:15-17.

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“Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline;  therefore be zealous and repent.”  Revelation 3:19.

“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
But he who hates reproof is stupid.”  Proverbs 12:1.

“A wise son accepts his father’s discipline,
But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.”  Proverbs 13:1.

“Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline,
But he who regards reproof will be honored.”  Proverbs 13:18.

“He who withholds his rod hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.”  Proverbs 13:24.

“A fool rejects his father’s discipline,
But he who regards reproof is sensible.”  Proverbs 15:5.

“31 He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof
Will dwell among the wise.
32 He who neglects discipline despises himself,
But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.”  Proverbs 15:31-32.

“Listen to counsel and accept discipline,
That you may be wise the rest of your days.”  Proverbs 19:20.

We see from the following Belgic Confession that discipline is one of the three marks of the true Church.

Article 29:  Of the marks of the true Church, and wherein she differs from the false Church.

“… The marks, by which the true Church is known, are these: if the pure doctrine of the gospel is preached therein;  if she maintains the pure administration of the sacraments as instituted by Christ;  if church discipline is exercised in punishing of sin:  in short, if all things are managed according to the pure Word of God, all things contrary thereto rejected, and Jesus Christ acknowledged as the only Head of the Church.  Hereby the true Church may certainly be known, from which no man has a right to separate himself.  …”  Belgic Confession.

“Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.”  Proverbs 22:15.

“13 Do not hold back discipline from the child,
Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.
14 You shall strike him with the rod
And rescue his soul from Sheol.”  Proverbs 23:13-14.

“But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world.”  1 Corinthians 11:32.

“You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin;  and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,

MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD,
NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM;
FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES,
AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.”

It is for discipline that you endure;  God deals with you as with sons;  for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?  But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.  Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them;  shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?  For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.  All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful;  yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” Hebrews 12:4-11.t”Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.” Revelation 3:19.

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