“Do not despise the LORD’s instruction, my son, and do not loathe his discipline; for the LORD disciplines the one he loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.”
– Proverbs 3:11-12 (Christian Standard Bible)
“My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” (NIV)
“My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” (KJV)
“My son, do not reject the discipline of Lord Jehovah and do not neglect his admonition to you because the one whom Lord Jehovah loves, he disciplines, as a father disciplines his son.” (Aramaic Bible in plain English)
Any loving parent knows, it sometimes feels painful when we have to correct our children. But it is out of love that we do so.
If we didn’t love them – why would we care what they do? It is love that makes us care, and that care makes us focus on preventing them from making mistakes that can do irreparable harm.
In the same way, God loves us. He wants to ensure that we follow the right path. He wants only the best for us – his children. He wants to save us from irreparable harm – the damnation of our eternal soul. If God did not love us, there would be no need for correction – why bother?
And we see the opposite behavior in parents that don’t really show love to their children. These parents are more concerned with their own activities, neglecting their children, leaving their offspring without the things they need or carelessly allowing harm to come to them.
No one particularly enjoys correction, but we should be grateful that God cares to correct us.
We are reminded that the Lord’s correction saves us from eternal damnation. His love and correction keep us on the right path, as we follow the way of the Lord and not of the world.
“But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.”
– 1 Corinthians 11:32
“For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastises everyone He receives as a son.”
– Hebrews 12:6
“Blessed indeed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.”
– Job 5:17
“Blessed is the man You discipline, O LORD, and teach from Your law,”
– Psalm 94:12