Womens online Bible study this week is based on He Is My All by Debbie Alsdorf, as we discuss week seven from the book. Our lesson begins when Debbie writes “Part of His love involves correction and discipline. In fact, Scripture says this is one of the ways we know we are His daughters and that He loves us.” This may have been difficult for some of you this week, if your earthly father was abusive or misdirected his discipline. Once again, I remind you that God’s love is unlike human love. When we try to humanize God- putting Him into the shoes our earthly fathers filled- then we are missing the entire concept of who God is and our relationship with Him.
We are encouraged by Proverbs 3:11-12 not to despise His discipline. Other translations use the words “do not reject” (NLT), “do not shrink from the chastening” (AMP) or “do not ignore” (Voice). Why do we want to reject, shrink, ignore or despise correction? Again, because we humanize God and associate discipline with earthly fathers. Eugene Peterson in the Message Version says: But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.
Correction changes our hearts, our behaviors and our attitudes. Positive correction- in love and through teaching- produces good fruit. To be conformed to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29) we need to listen to Our Father and seek His will- even when it leads to discipline.
Look back at the hardships in your life and pray through them. Rewrite the emotional script of your past as you filter these hardships through prayer and Truth. Listen quietly to Jesus and together decide where and how God is shaping you. Change never happens in your comfort zone.
Assignment For This Week
- We are discussing weeks 7 and 8 in small group this week
- Please read lesson 9 and 10 in the workbook
- Join a small group session this week
- Register for the Beth Moore Summer Bible study “Children of the Day”
Discussion Questions For the Week (answer here or with your small group)
- Hebrews 12:1 says to “run with perseverance.” The word perseverance means “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” What are some examples of how we can apply this to our own lives? How do we remain steadfast in difficult times? (wk 7, day 1, p117)
- Romans 8:29 says we are “conformed to the image of His Son.” What do you think it means to be conformed to His image? (wk 7, day 3, p120)
Change with God!