"because the Lord disciplines whomever he loves, and he punishes every son or daughter whom he accepts" (Hebrews 12:6 - CEB version)
Numerous times, brothers and sisters in Christ have told me how they knowingly "jumped out of the frying pan" of God's disciplining, only to realize in retrospect that the trials during which they at times felt isolated, frustrated, unappreciated, unrewarded, unloved, or unspiritual were actually for their benefit, and were even a sign of God's presence. They wished they had kept in-mind that aside from the Spirit-fruits of love, joy and peace there are such fruits as patience, gentleness, humility and self-control (see Galatians 5:22-26).
The "frying pan" is not meant to singe us but rather to reduce to ashes the impulse to forge dead works. This [on-going] negation of the influence of the "old man", while we "walk in the Light", can often be an unemotional, even subconscious thing, because the one who trusts Jesus waits for the Spirit to affirm. This affirmation most often occurs while looking back at God's acts within and for us (a moment ago, an hour ago, a decade ago--how ever many times ago we are impressed to ponder).
Do this often enough, and we live in the truth that the Church has confidence in the present and bright hope toward the future, to believe that "God is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him" (see Hebrews 11:6).
It is never in God's will that we do something wrong,__________
never, never in His mercy.
Inner man tamed, the watchman is strong.
Release of the Spirit* comes kindly.
Without one's machinations, Ruach Hakodesh**
rushes, rushes in, gives creed
a chance to unite with the Life of the Son,
on the right side of salvation history.
What a grand mystery to the reborn
that the Almighty coaxes [us] glory to glory,
that this discipline of the Father is worn
as a sign of adoption and trusting.
Lord, I heard conviction convey
to the old man lingering, under my custody,
"Man, you are to be ignored,
"By the Blood, ties to you are shorn."
Lord, what I want is what You want,
glory to glory.
** Hebrew Names for God - Ruach HaKodesh
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