No true Christian is apart from the chastening hand of the Lord. “My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord, or loathe His reproof, for whom the Lord loves He reproves, even as a father, the son in whom he delights” (Pr 3:11-12).
Divine chastisement also emerges as a revelation of God’s filial love. Contrary to the misunderstanding of many, God’s discipline of His children is never of a penal nature. It is always remedial, and motivated by His love. “For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives . . . God deals with you as with sons” (He 12:6-7). For a person to boast of evading the chastisement of God is to raise a question regarding one’s spiritual paternity. Loving chastisement is the mark of sonship. In fact, this connection between love and discipline is again mentioned by the Lord Himself to the church at Laodicea: “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; be zealous therefore, and repent” (Re 3:19). The world often views discipline as a manifestation of anger and hostility. God’s discipline of His children is an outworking of His love.