Today’s bible study is Hebrews 12:11: Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
This is a verse that most of us will find it very easy to relate to. We remember being punished as children and knowing how we disliked it and felt the physical and emotional pain at the time. Yet, we realize that we learned and grew from the experience and that discipline is, in a very real way, a sign that someone cares very much about us and wants to make us become better people. Discipline, not harsh corporal punishment but the learning of self-discipline, is a very good thing. It helps us to be better people, better Christians and better followers of Jesus. Discipline helps us in school, in the workplace, the family circle, the community and the larger world. Through discipline we learn restraint, control and techniques for coping with our fears and anger. We continue training and retraining ourselves each day that we interact with God and with other people.
The Book of Hebrews is anonymous. It is one of the books in the bible that we do not know the author of. It is probably not among the letters of Paul, and its source remains something of a mystery to biblical scholars and historians. Suffice it to say that the original readers knew who the writer was, but he remains unknown to us. We do know, however, that the author of Hebrews painted a majestic picture of Christ and commanded its content to the early church. In Chapter 12, verses 1-29, the writer also found encouragement for endurance from Jesus’ example. When Christians consider the hardship He faced, they can find strength and fresh courage.
God allows all Christians to experience hardship so that they might develop strength and courage. Even though God’s chastisement may seem harsh at the time, it will eventually produce righteousness in those who follow Him. The character of God provided another incentive for endurance. God desires that all persons seek after holiness. God will not tolerate a disobedient, self-serving lifestyle. As we grow and learn, we improve our discipline, increase our strength and come closer to the ideals we strive for. This gives Christians the grace to serve Him and stamina for reverence. May we appreciate that stamina and endurance every time we feel we are tempted to make a choice in our lives that is contrary to God’s holy will.
References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock, The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur and Concise Bible Commentary, David S. Dockery, General Editor. You might also like to read:
- Broad Brook Bible Study Examiner, Grace Dooley
- Atlanta Christian Living Examiner, Taylor Powell
- Atlanta Bible Study Examiner, Donna Sundblad
- Kentucky Bible Study Examiner, Timothy Edwards
- Daily Bible Guide
- Growing in Christ
- Bible Study Tools Online
- The Jesus Walk Bible Study Series