Do not despise the chastening of the Lord

11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor detest His correction;
12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights.  Proverbs 3:11-12

Those the Lord loves He corrects and He disciplines.  In John chapter 15 Jesus spoke of those the Father loves He prunes so that greater fruit will grow.  For those who understanding pruning when it comes to taking care of plants they understand that for greater growth you must trim back the older part so that the fresh is exposed and greater growth comes forth.  During the pruning it may be a painful process, but the results are well worth the pain that is involved in the pruning.

The same exist in our lives in our relationship with God.  His desire is not that we would stay where we are, but that we would continue to grow into greater depths of maturity.  Often times this pruning process will look like trials the Lord will allow into our lives.  We will begin to understand when we are walking in maturity in how we view trials in our lives.  The mature understand the purpose of trials and understand they are a necessary part of our journey with the Lord.

When we have a right understanding of trials we will embrace them.  No matter how painful they are, we know that our strength to endure and overcome is simply found in the Lord alone.  His strength is perfected in our weakness and overcoming trials is not based on how strong we are.  It is based upon seeking the Lord with our whole heart and simply relying upon Him.  Pruning and correction is essential, it is not enjoyable, but it is essential for us to become the sons and daughters He has called us to be.


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