And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”
It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?Hebrews 12:5-11
For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
My son, do not despise the Lord’s disciplineProverbs 3:11-12
or be weary of his reproof,
for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights.
Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you.Deuteronomy 8:5
Whoever spares the rod hates his son,Proverbs 13:24
but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
Discipline your son, for there is hope;Proverbs 19:18-19
do not set your heart on putting him to death.
A man of great wrath will pay the penalty,
for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again.
The rod and reproof give wisdom,Proverbs 29:15-17
but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
When the wicked increase, transgression increases,
but the righteous will look upon their downfall.
Discipline your son, and he will give you rest;
he will give delight to your heart.
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,Proverbs 22:15
but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
Blows that wound cleanse away evil;Proverbs 20:30
strokes make clean the innermost parts.
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.2 Corinthians 7:10-11
For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.