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The Gospel sets us free to face the hardships of life - and there will be a variety of them! - as the training from a loving Father Who has a goal and purpose for our life bigger than the comfort of the moment. Like Joseph in Genesis 50, who could look at many evil things that had been inflicted upon him over the course of years, we too can see that "though it was intended for evil, God worked all things for good so that many might be saved."
This Isn't a casual meaning to follow after, but to be imitators of Him. He said "Do as I do and you will be ok." This means to think like, walk like and act like Him. Mimicking, replicating and acting like another person are the results of real discipline.
A look at the purpose of fasting from someone who admittedly doesn't want to fast. Fasting is not simply a behavior change for kicks, but a representation of the longing for God's kingdom yet to come.
This is the first installment of a two-part series entitled Growing Up.
We all need correction sometimes. Hopefully, you found it as a kid through parents and teachers. Regardless, if you belong to God through Jesus Christ, the Scriptures promise that you will receive discipline from God. For, the Lord disciplines His children. Like the discipline of a parent to a child, the Lord's discipline is meant to instruct and correct, being motivated by love. His discipline comes first and foremost from Scripture, but also directly from the Lord Himself, through governing authorities, or other people. It may come in various forms. For example, some actions are shameful in themselves. Other times discipline comes as we reap what we sow. Finally, discipline may come in the form of hardship. In Proverbs 13:18, we learn that how you respond to discipline largely determines your life direction. When you reject discipline, you continue in your sinful behavior, and things go poorly. When you heed discipline, you repent to live the life to which God has called you, and things go well. In particularly, spiritually you reap a harvest of holiness, righteousness, and peace. So, heed the Lord's discipline. Listen to His Word. Repent when you encounter correction.