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God’s Refining Discipline

Proverbs 10:17 says, “Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray” (ESV). Another translation speaks about the one who “heeds discipline” as opposed to the one who “ignores correction.” This verse basically says two things: The person who accepts discipline (correction) will be on the path of life. The person who fights again correction will go astray. Some translations even mention these people leading others astray as well.

No one likes to be told they are doing something wrong. No one likes to face the music and accept correction. But we need to do this to develop into who God created us to be—to grow in character and wisdom. Only with correction are we able to confront our faults and change. Only with discipline are we able to have the opportunity for more, not only for our own lives but to lead by example for others as well.

Many times we like to avoid discipline. From childhood on up, it is a way of life for us. Oftentimes we grumble when our parents punish us. We throw a fit when we lose privileges. We get upset when we are punished. Proverbs 12:1 says, “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid” (NIV). That sounds kind of harsh. If we hate correction (discipline) we are stupid? The actual word for stupid means brutish and it relates to the word burn or kindle. It represents a life that has no opportunity to be more, a life that can never become as originally designed. My friends, God’s discipline is helpful. God’s discipline should be welcomed and praised. God’s discipline helps us to continue on the path to life. God’s discipline helps us to lead a godly life to point others to Jesus rather than leading astray. God’s discipline refines us.

Anxious Weight

It is true— “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down.” I have seen anxiety knock a person down. I have seen anxiety cause a person to fall over. I have seen anxiety make people sick. I have seen anxiety cause people to be bed ridden. Yes, anxiety weighs a person down.

Proverbs reminds us that a good word is beneficial. A good word can take a person who is down and help them, encourage them—speak life to them. A good word can make a person’s day. A good word can make a big difference. A good word plants seeds—seeds that will grow and multiply.

Today, if you are being weighed down by worry, remember that we are to cast all our cares on God (1 Peter 5:7). Give it to God. You were never meant to carry all of the burden. If you know someone who is suffering from anxiety or may need a kind word, take the time to speak some life into that person’s life. Kind words don’t cost anything. Good words don’t require any special training. If you are at a loss for words, open up the Word. Pray for the Spirit to reveal to you the verse to be shared. Share your hope in the Lord. May your words be a blessing to others.

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” – Proverbs 12:25 [ESV]

Worry Weight

I have had a lot of problems with insomnia over the years. There have been nights when I was so excited or in so much pain that I could not get to sleep. But there also were moments when I was so worried and anxious about something that it kept me from closing my eyes. I was worried. I was concerned. Yet there was nothing I could do to change the situation.

“Worry weighs a person down” even to the point of causing a person to lose sleep, have a poor appetite and lack of energy, and cause great problems to one’s health. The thing to remember is that worry does not help anything. Nothing can be changed by worry. Nothing can be fixed by worry. Worry only adds more weight. Worry only bogs you down.

Philippians 4:6 tells us to not be anxious about anything. Instead we are to give it to God. If you are worrying about something right now, give it to God. If you know someone who is going through a tough time, join them in prayer. As this proverb states, offer an encouraging word. Let them know you are praying for them. Remind them of God’s faithfulness. There’s too much in the world that can weigh us down. Let us focus on Him who can raise us up!

“Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.” – Proverbs 12:25 [NLT]

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