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19th March 2015

God disciplines His sons.

Greg Simnor

Hi family,

Key thought this week:  "God disciplines His sons." 

If you are a son[1] of God then you should expect to be disciplined by God out of the love He has for you. God’s discipline sanctifies us so that we are able to share in His holiness[2]. God has this incredible kingdom life that He has made available to us, and His discipline enables us to come into the fullness of this abundant life now.

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 12:11

This passage is so powerful. All who have been trained by God's discipline have produced in them the fruit of righteousness. Righteousness is living a life of right standing before the Father, allowing the Father to build you His way so His life is produced in and through you. It is those who do the will of the Father who enter the kingdom of heaven[3].

Hebrews 12:8 says that without this discipline, of which all have become partakers, then we are illegitimate children and not sons. Let us all allow His discipline to shape us as His sons, not shying away from this discipline but embracing it full on. Then we can all come into the fullness of this spiritual life awakening within us, and receive all that He has for us as true sons of God.

Spend some time in Hebrews 12:4-13 this week, meditating on these words and engaging with His Spirit to reveal the message He has for you there.

Please feel free to respond with any thoughts that you have on this passage and the questions in the comments section below.

Have a favoured week,



[1] “sons” referring to our adopted relationship with God the Father, irrespective of our biological gender.

[2] Hebrews 12:10

[3] Matthew 7:21