Hebrews 12:11 (NASB) All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
"We are going to march right back there, and you can tell them what you did!" When my dad got home from work that day, he saw me playing with a green golf ball. He didn't immediately ask where it came from, but he did ask what I had done that day. I told him that a few of boys from the neighborhood went to enjoy a few games of miniature golf. "Oh, I see," said my dad. "Is that where you stole the ball from?" I knew I was guilty. There was nothing for me to do but to own up to my actions. Today's verse speaks of discipline. It talks about how it is not joyful but sorrowful. Yet when trained by it, it will yield a peaceful fruit of righteousness. The reality was that all day, since I got home from golf, I was feeling guilty - sick to my stomach - that I stole the golf ball. When my dad and I got back from returning it and being honest with the man at the counter, I felt a relief that I had finally come clean. Sometimes in life we make bad decisions, wrong decision, even sin decisions, but if we are trained up in discipline, coming clean will be peaceful fruit of living for Christ. Are there any golf balls in your closet that need to be returned?
Application:• Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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