When my children were young, I had to discipline them when they disobeyed. This was one way I showed my children that I loved them. Disciplining my children was not a pleasant experience, but it was necessary for my children to become adults who love and obey God.
God, our Father, disciplines us, too. God has given us His rules in the Bible so we can have a better life on earth. When we disobey God, He disciplines us. Our Bible verses today talk about this. Verse 6 says, “The Lord disciplines everyone he loves; he punishes everyone he accepts as a child.” Because God loves us, He will punish us, teach us and comfort us.
Sometimes we face suffering because of our disobedience. Jesus suffered on the cross, too — but not because He did anything wrong. Jesus suffered because of our sin. Praise God that Jesus was willing to die for us and give us a way to live forever with Him!